Arsenal have made Odilon Kossounou one of their top targets for the summer, according to the Daily Mirror, while another report has suggested that they could face competition from Premier League rivals Wolves.
Kossounou has caught the eye for Club Brugge. The 20-year-old has made 21 top flight appearances this term, while he has also played five times in the Champions League.
The Mirror reports that the Gunners are particularly keen after receiving glowing references from two former players. Both Emmanuel Eboue and Gervinho have recommended their countryman.
However, The Sun has suggested that Wolves want the youngster. They also claim that Inter and AC Milan are monitoring Kossounou.
Interestingly, there are a couple of notable differences in the two reports on the youngster.
Firstly, the Mirror hints that Arsenal may want Kossounou as a midfield option. He has played there, but the large majority of his appearances have come at centre-back.
So it makes much sense that The Sun are claiming that he is a defensive target for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men. Their report also claims that he would cost around £20 million.
The Mirror meanwhile, suggest that £8.5 million plus add-ons is Kossounou’s asking price. So there is quite a significant gap between the two prices.
Arsenal have plenty of depth at centre-back. The likes of Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, William Saliba and Pablo Mari could form the core of an impressive unit for years to come.
Perhaps Arteta is indeed keen to try and use Kossounou in the less-familiar roles. Even if the higher asking price is more accurate, it is fair to say that signing him is unlikely to break the bank for either Premier League side this summer.