Arsenal set sight on Strasbourg defender Ismael Doukoure

Arsenal set sight on Strasbourg defender Ismael Doukoure

TRANSFERS Arsenal set sight on Strasbourg defender Ismael Doukoure

Stephen Oladehinde 22:57 - 28.03.2023

Arsenal will be looking to strengthen their defensive line in the summer as they have set their Strasbourg defender Ismael Doukoure.

Mikel Arteta seeks to improve his defensive options as Arsenal has entered the competition to capture Strasbourg defender Ismael Doukoure during the summer transfer window.

Prior to the summer, a number of defenders were linked with a move to Arsenal, who are in need of defensive reinforcements. Nevertheless, Doukoure is now a potential target.

The Gunners have been keeping a close eye on the French youngster and expressing a significant interest in him. They have been impressed with what they have observed. But, given that Newcastle are also interested in the player, the Gunners may find themselves up against strong opposition.

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Doukoure is one of Europe's best talent

Following his outstanding performances in France, Doukoure is quickly becoming one of the finest players in Ligue 1 after making 19 appearances this season for Strasbourg in all competitions and contributing to two goals.

Before going to Strasbourg in January 2022, the 19-year-old started his playing career with Valenciennes, where he made 33 appearances and scored once. Since then, he has established himself as a crucial member of the club.

Arsenal in stiff competition for Doukoure

Atalanta, Sevilla, and Paris Saint-Germain are also reportedly interested in Doukoure. It is believed that PSG's interest is a result of his outstanding performance against them in December of last year.

As Arteta prefers players who are unpredictable and can play a variety of positions to add competitiveness to the club, Doukoure's versatility would make him a strong fit at Arsenal. His current contract with the Ligue 1 side will expire in the summer of 2026, therefore the club are under no pressure to sell him in the summer.

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