Leicester are reportedly making a £15m move for Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard, according to The Sun. Brendan Rodgers is keen on bolstering his defensive options as his side push for a top-four finish. Arsenal should consider rivaling the Foxes for the signing of the big Dane.
Vestergaard impressed for Southampton in their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday and is a powerful presence at the back. Standing at 6ft 6in, his aerial ability is superb and he carries a real threat from attacking set-pieces.
The Gunners need defensive reinforcements this month. Shkodran Mustafi proved once again on Tuesday night that he is simply not good enough to warrant a starting place. He miscued a simple back pass which allowed Tammy Abraham a free run on goal.
The incident led to the sending off of David Luiz and the inevitable opening goal for the Blues from the penalty spot. Luiz has not covered himself in glory since his move across the capital in the summer. Although his presence has been felt at times, the Brazilian makes some rash decisions and needs to be protected by his centre-back partner.
Vestergaard could be the cool head that Arsenal need at the back. The 27-year-old has got 17 caps for the Denmark national team and will help organise the Gunners defence. He would certainly be an upgrade on Mustafi and would help Arteta’s side stop shifting so many goals.
The £15m transfer fee currently rumoured is one that signals good value for any potential suitors. There is a lower risk with a smaller fee and the Southampton defender could aid Arsenal in making a late challenge for the European qualifications spots.