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Sven Mislintat and the rest of Arsenal transfer team are planning a summer switch for Mainz defender Jean-Philippe Gbamin, but they’ll have to pay €30m to sign him, according to reports in France.
French media outlet, RMC, report that Unai Emery has ‘closely followed’ the player, after a strong season with his current club.
Gbamin is highly versatile and can play several positions on the pitch, in defence or midfield, and is reportedly ‘very attracted’ to England.
The Bundesliga club are willing to let him leave this summer, but won’t let him leave for less than €30m (£26.4m) though, and RMC say Arsenal will need to be persuasive to land their man.
Gbamin, 22, is superbly versatile and that could make him a very useful asset in North London.
So far with Mainz, he’s split his time between defensive midfield and centre-back this season, two positions where Arsenal would happily take some reinforcements. He has the physical presence to play both roles as well, standing at around 6’1″.
There’s a sense that the Ivorian is still a bit raw at this stage though. He loves to carry the ball and take people on, but gives it away a lot as a result.
He takes a shot from outside the box every 1.25 games, but only has one goal all season.
Given Gbamin’s age, those are problems Emery will feel he can iron out. At £26.4m though, the Arsenal transfer team will have to decide if it’s worth the risk.