According to BILD, Arsenal are interested in signing Jonathan Tah from Bayer Leverkusen this summer.
The centre-half has been vaguely linked with us in the past, but with defensive recruitment key as Mikel Arteta looks to rebuild the squad for a new campaign, the German international’s name has come to the fore.
Standing 6’4 (195cm), he’d certainly add some presence to the heart of our defence, and at 24 he’d be the right kind of age profile for a team which has David Luiz – who will be 33 in April but until then remains 32 because that’s how it work – and 31 year old Sokratis as key players.
The Gunners did bring in Pablo Mari from Flamengo during the January transfer window, and while it is nominally a loan, the expectation is that he will sign on a permanent basis assuming his spell between now and May isn’t a complete disaster.
Arteta has been playing Shkodran Mustafi in recent weeks, providing a surprising rehabilitation for the German who had been left out in the cold under Unai Emery due to a succession of high profile mistakes. There was evidence of that flaw to his game when his poor pass led to the Luiz red card against Chelsea, but in general he has played well.
Many fans will remain circumspect, however, having seen similar displays from the former Valencia and Sampdoria man in the past, before disaster strikes again.
Arsenal have also been strongly linked with Disgustingly Sweet Energy Drink Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano. He is widely coveted by many European clubs, and the young Frenchman spoke about his future, saying, “I will now focus first on RB Leipzig and then on what I want to do afterwards. But there are some clubs that love me.
“I will talk to my advisor and my parents about it at the end of the season. We will make the right choice.”
He should be in action tonight when Leipzig take on Sp*rs in the Champions League, hopefully giving them a Turkey’s bumhole, i.e – a right stuffing.