One of the names set to be shown the exit door at The Emirates this season is Swiss international centre-back Johann Djourou.
The 26-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Hannover 96 in the Bundesliga and they are keen on agreeing a permanent deal or another loan spell for the player after clearly being impressed with what they saw from the versatile defender.
And when it was said last month that Djourou would attend pre-season with the Bundesliga outfit this seemed like a done deal.
But a sticking point has always been what type of deal they wanted to thrash out for the player. In an ideal world they would love to have him on a permanent transfer but they are not keen on paying the reported £5 million valuation that the Gunners have slapped on the player.
Then came the Hamburg SV shaped fly in the ointment.
The fellow German side are also keen on adding him to their own ranks and were open in their chat on the matter; essentially admitting Arsenal held all the cards and they were happy to oblige them in any way they can:
"We would loan him, but we would also buy him, depending on what Arsenal prefer," said Hamburg's director of sport Oliver Kreuzer. ‘’Hannover played well in Europe last season, but Hamburg is Hamburg. HSV is HSV, and we are just a better club."
Meow; put the claws away Oliver.
So HSV are pretty sure they can snap him up ahead of their compatriot rivals.
But Hamburg are not exactly a team swimming of pools of cash themselves at the moment and would likely have to figure out a deal if they were to sign him permanently; which is surely Arsenal’s preference as he seems to have no future in the Gunners first team.
But Arsenal do want one of the clubs players.
Rene Adler was reportedly pursued earlier in the summer as Arsenal seek a goalkeeper after Wojciech Szczesny had a ropey campaign last season.
In the end that deal never amounted to much as Adler declared himself happy at the idea of staying at the Imtech Arena.
But since then the German international was one of three players reprimanded by the club for speaking against the regime change in the hierarchy.
And if Hamburg could get Djourou in exchange they may be tempted.
However they would need a goalkeeper themselves. But Adler is potentially worth much more than Djourou so Arsenal could offer either the below par Vito Mannone or injury prone Lukasz Fabianski in any deal to sufficiently soften up their German suitors.
Would you swap Djourou and Fabianski for Adler?
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