Latest Arsenal transfer news looks at a potential defensive signing for the Gunners in the summer window.
The summer transfer window promises to be a busy one for Arsenal whenever it finally opens, with Mikel Arteta getting the first real chance to reshape the squad in the way he wants.
The Spaniard made two loan signings, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares, in January but will be looking to bring in some more permanent additions to his team ahead of next season.
As has been the case with the Gunners for a number of years, defence appears to be a priority in Islington and the powers that be are surely writing up a shortlist of players who they will look to sign ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
It has already been confirmed that William Saliba will be arriving in north London from Saint-Etienne after he secured a £27million move last summer but reports suggest that Arteta will look to add further defensive reinforcements in the transfer market.
One man linked with a move to Arsenal has been West Ham centre-back Issa Diop, with BonusCodeBets offering odds of just 18/5 for the Frenchman to make the move across London.
After an impressive debut campaign in England last season, Diop suffered something of a sophomore slump in 2019/20 before David Moyes replaced Manuel Pellegrini as Hammers boss.
The 23-year-old still has three years to run on his current deal in east London, with some reports claiming that the Irons could demand as much as £60million for his signature.
In 23 Premier League appearances this season, Diop had racked up 39 interceptions – that’s good for 1.8 every 90 minutes he has spent on the field.
The Frenchman has been a key contributor in the West Ham defence, making 5.6 clearances and blocking 0.9 shots per 90 minutes.
Diop also uses his 6ft 4in frame to dominate in the air, winning three out of every four aerial duels he has thrown himself into this season.
The youngster is not the finished article just yet and Moyes has made it clear he does not want to part with Diop.
“If you ask me, he still has development to do as a young centre half,” the Scotsman said when asked about Diop back in January.
“He has a long way to go. But I am looking forward to working with him over the next couple of years.”
But it’s a well-worn trope within football that money talks and if Arsenal come knocking, it will be very difficult for West Ham to convince the Frenchman to resist.
Manchester United have long been linked with a move for Diop but it’s possible the Gunners could jump ahead of them in the queue.
The opportunity to remain in London, as well as play alongside a potential centre-back partner at international level in William Saliba, could be enough to sway the 23-year-old.