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Arsenal working on summer deal for Borussia Dortmund’s Dan-Axel Zagadou

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Arsenal are working on a possible summer deal for Borussia Dortmund centre-back Dan-Axel Zagadou, reputed journalist Duncan Castles claims.

Zagadou will enter the final year of his Dortmund contract in July, and the lack of progress over a renewal has led to interest from multiple clubs.

Speaking on The Transfer Window Podcast, Castles highlighted the Gunners have been keeping a close eye on him, and he is a ‘strong option’ for the north London club.

He added that the Premier League outfit are preparing a move to sign the 21-year-old Frenchman, who could be available for €30 million or less this summer.

Sportslens view:

Zagadou is a left-footed centre-back, and he has impressed over the past few years with his strong aerial presence and quality distribution.

The Gunners presently have two left-footed central defensive options in Gabriel and Pablo Mari, and both have impressed over the course of the season.

However, Mari has been linked with a possible move to Villarreal to replace Pau Torres, who could be on his way to the Premier League this summer.

This may open up a spot for Zagadou in the squad, and his versatility of playing left-back would provide an added boost for the Gunners.

However, the main concern for the moment remains his fitness, having missed a staggering 35 games through multiple injuries this term.

The Frenchman recently returned from a muscular concern, only to suffer a serious knee injury which has ruled him out for the rest of the campaign.

A move does not seem worthwhile, and the Gunners need to be wary of spending a major chunk of their summer budget on an injury-plagued player.

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Read: Arsenal suffer big injury blow ahead of tonight’s league clash against Liverpool.

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