Arsenal target move for £32m Sevilla star as Edu looks at serious upgrade

Date published: Tuesday 29th December 2020 7:57 - James Marshment

Joan Jordan, Diego Carlos, Fernando

Arsenal are reportedly ready to launch a huge bid to bring €35m-rated Sevilla star Joan Jordan to north London.

Boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu are desperate to add more creativity to the side. As such, a number of big-name midfielders have been linked.

Arsenal’s top target is said to be former Tottenham favourite Christian Eriksen. However, there are obvious problems in persuading the Dane to cross the north London divide.

However, Arsenal also want to add a bit more energy to their midfield too.

It was felt Thomas Partey would provide the perfect answer in the summer after arriving in a deadline-day move.

However, injury has limited the Ghanaian to just four Premier League starts.

Instead, the Gunners have been forced to field Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny in the centre of midfield.

The Egyptian’s return to the side has come of something of a surprise.

While he has performed well, he is not expected to be in Arteta or Edu’s long-term plans. Indeed, Arteta recently put the brakes on talks the Egyptian could earn a new deal at Arsenal.

Another midfield signing, Dani Ceballos, has also failed to live up to expectations since his return.

As such,  Sevilla star Jordan could provide the solution amid claims he’s put up for sale.

The 26-year-old midfielder has a €55m exit clause in his deal at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.

However, according to The Sun, Sevilla are prepared to let him leave for a fee of around €35m (£32m) in January.

 

With the current pandemic hitting the football world hard, Sevilla are reported to be considering his sale. The sale could also tick a number of boxes for both clubs. The Andaluscians would net a tidy profit on the €11m they paid Eibar in 2019.

Arsenal have tracked Jordan’s progress for some time. But now the paper reckons they are ready to ramp up those plans and look to sign him in January.

Arsenal will likely seek an initial loan-to-buy deal for Jordan, though Sevilla would prefer a straight cash deal.


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Mesut Ozil offered to Juventus

Arsenal could help finance a move for Jordan by finally offloading Mesut Ozil to Juventus in January.

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Ozil, 32, has been frozen out at the Emirates and has not kicked a ball in anger this season.

He has not made an appearance since March and been linked with a number of clubs in recent times. Italian outlet Tuttosport are suggesting that the wheels are now in motion for a possible loan spell at Juventus.

Ozil earns £350,000 per week – a sizeable wage for someone not making a contribution to the team. The reports also states that Arsenal would be happy to pay a portion of that salary to help the move.

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