Arsenal reportedly want 7-assist maestro, current side planning talks with agent
According to Marca, Arsenal are among a clutch of top sides monitoring the situation of Sevilla midfielder Joan Jordan.
Jordan’s impressive growth at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium has alerted the Gunners to his ability as a box-to-box option. Mikel Arteta is searching for new players in the position with Dani Ceballos returning to Real Madrid as Granit Xhaka nearing a move to Roma.
But Arsenal face a monstrous struggle to sign Jordan, as Sevilla have no interest in allowing him to leave. Instead, the 26-year-old is one of a handful of Julen Lopetegui’s players to have been deemed untouchable for a transfer.
Sevilla believe Jordan’s commitment to the club is beyond question and hope to reward the midfielder with a new contract. The La Liga outfit will speak with his agent the moment the summer window winds down and normality is restored.
Lopetegui’s side are in no rush to sit down and meet with the Spaniard’s representatives as they feel protected by his release clause. Jordan has a €60million (£52m) buyout option on a deal running for another two years.
No side is expected to trigger the clause this summer given the financial situation brought on by the pandemic. Sevilla further share a good relationship with Jordan’s agent, while he has already stated that his sole intention is to remain at the Andalusian outfit.
Jordan is part of the pillar to Lopetegui’s plans at the Sanchez-Pizjuan. He started 28 of his 35 La Liga appearances and four of seven Champions League outings last term. The 6ft maestro offered seven assists and two goals across all competitions, as well.
Arsenal looking down a dead-end street with Jordan
Jordan would offer Arteta a rather exciting box-to-box player to pair with Thomas Partey at Arsenal next season. But the Gunners are looking down a dead-end street exploring a deal for the Spaniard, who turns 27 next month.
Jordan and Sevilla have no interest in separating from one another anytime soon, and the allure of Premier League money will not be enough. He told The Athletic in December that he once snubbed a move to England the moment Sevilla Director of Football Monchi called.
“I was very close to moving to England, I had an interesting offer,” he said. “But then Monchi called me, and I stopped everything with the Premier League. The project here, and the club, was very interesting for me.
“On a financial level, I lost out a bit, as we all know that the financial level in the Premier League is spectacularly strong. But I wanted to come here, to improve as a player, which was my objective.”
Arsenal would also struggle to sign Jordan by paying Sevilla his release clause. The Gunners are working to offload a raft of players to raise funds this summer (CBS). And their plans to potentially part with Reiss Nelson have not been received well by all supporters.
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