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Djourou agent heads for Italy
Johan Djourou’s agent claims to be heading to Italy for talks next week and has refused to rule out a move to Napoli for the Arsenal defender.
Djourou signed a new contract with the Gunners in February that until 2015, but he appears to be behind Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in the Arsenal pecking order.
The Switzerland international started just 14 Premier League games in the 2011/12 season, and speculation is rife that he will move abroad this summer.
Djourou’s agent, Flavio Ferraria, says that Napoli could be one possible destination for his client, although he also added that a move to Spain is also an option.
“Can Djourou join Napoli? It’s certainly possible, especially as we will be in Italy next week for a series of appointments,” Ferraria told Radio Crc.
“He wants to play for one of the top five Italian clubs.”
SOURCE: Football 365
A fee in the region of €10 million (£8.1 million) has already been received for the player, according to Ferraria, but not from Napoli. The agent is playing the move very coyly.
SOURCE: Bleacher Report
Other sources believe this move to be in an even more advanced state and one has to wonder if it would take Arsene Wenger more than a split second to happily take a bid of £8.1m for Johan Djourou, who has consistently failed to deliver on his early reputation.
The 25 year old Swiss international is a committed determined customer but is not good enough to ply his trade in Arsenal’s first team and has only been called upon in recent seasons due to injury concerns over other more able defenders.
Last term the big powerful defender found himself filling the full-back berth and he struggled in the position and given the quality shown by Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny as a regular first team centre back pairing and with Per Mertesacker on hand as an experienced back-up, is there any need to keep hold of Djourou?
If indeed a host of Serie A sides want Johan Djourou and are willing to cough up such a sum for his services then expect the defender to be on his way this summer.
Djourou has managed just 72 Premier League starts in eight seasons at the North London club.