Arsenal are considering a move for Fulham loanee Joachim Andersen this summer, according to a report in The Mirror who they value at £20million.
The Gunners interest in Andersen dates back to Unai Emery’s time in charge, when the club were linked with a double swoop on Dennis Praet and Andersen, both of whom played for Sampdoria at the time.
But in 2019 the Danish international opted for a move to Lyon, with the French club pay a fee worth up to 30million euros.
6ft 4′ Andersen struggled to impress in France though and was loaned out to Fulham for the 2020/21 season. Despite his Fulham side struggling for goals, Andersen has helped Fulham to a respectable defensive record and his quality and ability to play in the Premier League has shone through.
That appears to have tickled the fancy of both Arsenal and West Ham.
Andersen is only 24 so has time to continue to improve as he spends more time in the Premier League.
Arsenal currently have an array of central defensive options, but the club are likely to consider strengthening that area in the summer. David Luiz is set to see his contract expire and as yet, there is no indication as to whether or not it will be extended.
Rob Holding has only recently signed a new contract, but his ability and limitations are questionable. William Saliba is another option on the right side of defence, but despite impressing on loan, question marks remain as to whether or not Mikel Arteta thinks he is ready for the Premier League.
Lyon will want to recoup most of the 30 million euros they paid for the player, but they will have to be appreciative of the very different financial climate clubs are now in compared to 2019.
Personally, I’d sell Rob Holding, release David Luiz and bring Joachim Andersen. Between him and Saliba, they can battle for the right central defensive role. That would leave Gabriel Magalhaes and Pablo Mari contending for the left centre back position.
Having those four central defenders would provide the club with quality depth and players that can play the style of football the club want.
Andersen is likely to want to stay in England after performing so well compared to his time in France. With Fulham set to be relegated though, the London club are unlikely to be able to afford him, so Arsenal could have a real chance, if they want him. This is one to watch.