Arsenal interested in signing 6 ft 1 in Süper Lig centre-back
The London giants have been paired with a potential move for Besiktas centre-back Domagoj Vida, and it’s suggested that a £6m swoop could be enough to add him. Croatia international has a wealth of experience having enjoyed spells with Dinamo Zagreb Besiktas and Dynamo Kyiv while he has 79 caps to his name for his country.
His no-nonsense style of defending could arguably suit the physicality and tempo of the PL, and it’s suggested that Domagoj could have an option to move to England this summer. Gunners are considering a move for the centre-back, and it’s suggested that they could snap him up for only £6m as Besiktas look to get his wages off their books.
On the one hand, Vida could provide some steeliness and leadership in the Gunners defence, and that is something that they’ve arguably been missing for some time. Mikel Arteta will no doubt hope to stamp his mark on the squad this summer and bring in footballers better suited to his style and ideas.
However, with players such as David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis already in the club, it’s questionable as to whether moving for another defender is a smart plan as it could be questioned as to whether or not they would be making an upgrade in that department if there was an exit.
In turn, it could be argued that Gunners isn’t really in need of further defensive reinforcements, but if the Spaniard is keen to strengthen that department, then Akanji should perhaps be looking at a top-level, long-term solution rather than another veteran who could do a job for him in a limited window.