Arsenal boss Unai Emery jets out to make personal checks on Gunners summer transfer target


Emery is looking to strengthen his Arsenal squad in the upcoming transfer window and is reportedly looking at bringing in another centre-back into the fold.

The Spaniard has made several visits to watch Getafe play so he can have a closer look at their defender, Djene Dakonam, reports the Telegraph’s chief sports reporter Jeremy Wilson.

“As an aside on Getafe, was told that Unai Emery has been to a few recent games,” Wilson tweeted.

“And presumed to be interested in their centre-back Djene Dakonam.”

Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League this season and in the process they conceded more goals (51) than both Manchester City (23) and Liverpool (22) combined.

However, the Gunners still have a chance of securing Champions League football next season.

Arsenal face Chelsea in the final of the Europa League in Azerbaijan, with the winner guaranteed a spot in the group stages of the Champions League next season.

If the Gunners do win in Baku they will not only become a more attractive option for new players but they are also likely to increase the size of their transfer war chest.

It seems clear Emery wants to strengthen his defence for next season and 27-year-old Dakonam could be a valuable addition to his squad.

Getafe are currently exceeding exceptions in La Liga this season.

They are currently fifth in the table, on equal points with fourth-placed Valencia, with one game left to play.

One reason for Emery being the one taking trips to Spain might be because Arsenal are still without a technical director to help the manager with player recruitment.

Arsenal find themselves in this tricky position because they have so far failed to replace Sven Mislintat, who left after 14 months in the job.

Monchi was Arsenal’s top target for the role, but the former Roma sporting director snubbed the Gunners’ offer and opted to return to Sevilla, the club where he made his name.

Arsenal are now back to square one with their director of football Raul Sanllehi once again looking to fill the vacant position.

Dakonam isn’t the only player currently on Emery’s radar, with the club having previously kept tabs on PSG’s midfielders Christopher Nkunku and Adrien Rabiot.

However according to BBC reporter David Ornstein, Arsenal have ended their interest in Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic, as well as Yannick Carrasco – who currently plays his football in the Chinese Super League for Dalian Yifang.



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