Arsenal are closely watching the progress of Athletic Bilbao star Dani Vivian after his promising start to the new campaign, according to a recent report from Spanish publication Fichajes.
The centre-half started out at the academy of Santutxu and spent a year at CD Basconia, before joining Athletic Bilbao back in 2017.
After spending the first three seasons of his stint with their B team, the 22-year-old central defender spent the last term away on loan with lower league side CD Mirandes.
Back at Athletic, injuries to several defenders saw Vivian be handed a chance in the side by manager Marcelino and Dani has made the most of his opportunities.
Indeed, in Vivian’s seven La Liga appearances, the 22-year-old Spaniard has netted one goal, while impressing with his aerial ability and physicality at the back.
In addition, he has been dribbled past just once in seven outings so far, while averaging six ball recoveries per match. Based on the statistics, Dani centre-back has emerged as one of the best in the division.
With Rob Holding not finding favour under manager Mikel Arteta and Calum Chambers’ well-known record with injuries, it’d make sense for the north Londoners to bring in a new defender.
Dani fits the age profile of players that his compatriot is looking to build his Gunners team around. And with an exit clause of €40 million, he’d be very much in the affordable price range for Arsenal.