Arsenal, under new boss Unai Emery, have already announced a string of new resources to reclaim a ‘top four’ finish having missed it out on successive occasions under iconic Arsene Wenger before his emotional farewell. But the incomings might still continue at Emirates as they are recently linked to a move for in-demand Croatian centre-back Domagoj Vida following a scintillating show in World Cup 2018.
Vida, 29, has been chased by Liverpool as per widespread rumors, however, those reports were denied by reliable Liverpool Echo which must serve as a significant boost for the Gunners. The player only completed a winter switch to Super Lig outfit Besiktas on a Bosman move from Dynamo Kyiv but will be allowed to leave for a fee of around £17.9m if Arsenal place their bid before 9th August’s deadline, Turkish outlet Fanatik understands.
The deal, meanwhile, is also depending upon the future of young defensive ace Calum Chambers who is linked to a loan move to Premier League new boys Fulham and the club will only consider a move for Vida if that deal takes place in due course. But there are alternate reports in England claiming an offer of £25m being prepared for the World Cup star and a transfer, if occurs, will be a deadline-day drama as things stand.
The Gunners are likely to field new recruit Sokratis Papastathopoulos alongside Shkodran Mustafi as the preferred centre-back duo until veteran Laurent Koscielny recovers from his long-term injury and youngster Rob Holding, 22, will continue as a sporadic choice to offer defensive depth. Emery, therefore, must be looking to add another in-form senior resource and a move for Vida thus makes sense from all aspects.
Reports have also claimed that the new Gunners chief will need to raise fund offloading fringe resources to rope in Vida, however, they should not let any defensive resource leave in contrary to what has been reported and must concentrate on increasing the depth furthermore to challenge for four major titles.