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Report: Aston Villa now want to sign 'destructive' £26m Arsenal target, reached World Cup knockouts
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Report: Aston Villa now want to sign 'destructive' £26m Arsenal target, reached World Cup knockouts

Aston Villa have reportedly joined Arsenal in the race for Eintracht Frankfurt’s Djibril Sow.

Earlier this week, SportBILD claimed that the Gunners and Nottingham Forest want the Switzerland international.

Now, Sport 1 – via Sport Witness – says the Villans and West Ham are in pursuit of Sow alongside Arsenal and the Reds.

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The German outlet claims that, after ‘playing a strong World Cup’ in Qatar, clubs from the Premier League want to sign Sow next month.

These clubs have all appreciated his ‘ball security, running strength (and) passing power’.

Those, among other reasons, have caused clubs from England to ‘put out feelers’ for him.

Aston Villa and West Ham are among those are keen and they ‘want to lure him’ from Germany if they can.

The report does stress that Frankfurt are currently not keen on a sale.

Sporting director Markus Krosche has confirmed that there are interested parties but insists “we don’t want to sell any player in the winter.”

That stance, however, could change if the club were to receive an ‘insane offer’ for the player.

Only with a €30m plus (£26million) bid would the German side’s resolve be ‘shaken’.

‘Well suited to going box-to-box’

Sow is not a bad shout for the likes of Villa and Arsenal.

The 25-year-old played a big part in Switzerland reaching the last 16 of the World Cup.

Sow was also crucial in Frankfurt’s Europa League triumph last season.

In terms of style of play, the Bundesliga website has compared Sow to Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka.

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‘One of Sow’s idols growing up was Thierry Henry,’ they wrote last year.

‘But the Eagles midfielder is a much more destructive player than the former Arsenal, Barcelona, and France star.

‘The Eintracht man can play any role in central midfield. But being quick, powerful and good in the tackle means he is well suited to going box-to-box.

‘His passing success rate of just over 90 percent also made him the ninth-best player in the league in that category in 2020/21.

‘In that sense he is a bit like Bayern Munich’s Goretzka. Although Sow will need to add more goals to his game to truly match up to the Germany powerhouse.’

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