Could Emmanuel Adebayor prevent Arsenal from making £30m Djene Dakonam move?

Arsenal's Togolese Striker Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates scoring against Wigan during their Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London, on December 6, 2008. AFP PHOTO

Premier League underachievers Arsenal reportedly want to sign La Liga defender Djene Dakonam from Getafe.

Dakonam Djene of Getafe runs with the ball during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Getafe CF at Estadio Mestalla on March 17, 2019 in Valencia, Spain.

Reported Arsenal target Djene Dakonam has described a former Gunners star as ‘like an older brother’, in quotes reported by the BBC. Unfortunately, that man in question is Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Gunners missed out on a top four finish for the third season in a row this season with Unai Emery’s side being held back by their erratic defence, which was breached 51 times across 2018/19 in England’s top flight.

As a result, Emery has made a top class centre-half a priority with AS claiming that the former Sevilla and PSG boss is ‘captivated’ by Getafe powerhouse Djene Dakonam.

 

Djene, who has a £30 million release clause in his contract, has been linked with Arsenal since Emery’s arrival and produced some superb displays as Getafe narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Champions League for the first time.

But could Djene’s close relationship with fellow Togo star Adebayor prove a help or a hindrance to Arsenal’s hopes?

Sergio Canales of Real Betis competes for the ball with Dakonam Djene of Getafe CF during the La Liga match between Real Betis Balompie and Getafe CF at Estadio Benito Villamarin on March...

"Adebayor isn't just a teammate, he is more like an older brother to me," said the defender, who is under contract until 2023.

"He has played for the best clubs in Europe's top championships and has a wealth of experience which is very important in football nowadays.”

Adebayor scored 62 goals in three years at Arsenal but his relationship with the club and the supporters became rather strained once he walked away to join Manchester City in 2009 – not helped by that rather incendiary celebration.

Emmanuel Adebayor of Manchester City celebrates in front of the Arsenal supporters after scoring to make it 3-1

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