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Arsenal star could be set for Bundesliga transfer tug-of-war

Johan Djourou is wanted by both Hamburg and Hannover.

This summer proves to be a busy one for Arsenal FC in the transfer market. The likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Maraoune Fellaini currently dominate the headlines when it comes down to potential incomings at The Emirates but this summer also promises to see plenty of players leave the club over the coming months.

One such player is Johan Djourou.

The Swiss international has been at Arsenal for 11 years but has never truly established himself as a regular in the side and now, at the age of 26, he is hoping to finalise a permanent departure from the club.

He has been on loan at German outfit Hannover 96 since January and the side are said to be very keen on keeping him at the club this summer.

But that deal appeared to fall through recently. It emerged that Hannover could only afford to bring him in on loan once again and while that was not something Arsenal necessarily objected to it was widely believed Djourou himself was far keener on leaving for good.

But there now appears to be competition for his signature; that might just be able to give him his Bundesliga wish after all.

Hamburg SV are said to be interested in signing him according to German publication Bild.

They cite three main reasons why the deal could be a goer.

Firstly is Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld’s desire for Djourou to receive more playing time. Competition for places at centre-back is far more intense at his current club after the recent arrival of Salif Sane from Nancy.

Then there is the link between Emirates. The airline company sponsors both teams and the business link is cited as a potential mutual point for discussions.

Finally Hamburg have the resources in terms of their wage structure to accommodate the current salary of Djourou with ease whereas at Hannover it would be a struggle.

The deal would see Djourou link up with former Chelsea players Michael Mancienne, Jacopo Sala and Slobodan Rajkovic as well as former Spurs man Rafael van der Vaart.

And it might just be his perfect destination.

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