Brugge slapped €20m price tag on Arsenal long-term target

By | February 27, 2021

Arsenal will reportedly have to pay as much as €20 million if they wish to sign Club Brugge centre-back Odilon Kossounou, who is also a summer target for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

That’s according to a report from Voetbal Belgie, who say both sides are following the 20-year-old defender ahead of the summer transfer market.

He was recently heavily linked with a transfer to Arsenal, with claims in England that manager Mikel Arteta had made him a priority acquisition and even received glowing reports on the player from former Arsenal players.

That report indicated they were eyeing an £8.5 million deal in the summer, although later claims, which ignored the Gunners and claimed Wolves were fighting AC Milan and Inter Milan for him, put the price at €20m.

Voetbal Belgie now cover the current situation and say that Odilon is being ‘followed’ by Wolves and Arsenal after his strong displays in Belgium.

They also back up interest from AC Milan and Inter Milan, saying the Rossoneri are particularly keen as they want a replacement for the Italy international Alessio Romagnoli.

Sporting director Paolo Maldini is understood to be ‘enthusiastic’ about Kossounou, who is currently rated around €8 million.

However, Brugge have no intention of selling at anywhere near that figure and would be expecting a transfer sum of at least €20 million for their prized asset, who they paid €3.8 million for in 2019.

Meantime, Arsenal will allegedly listen to offers for out-of-favour forward Reiss Nelson this summer as the Englishman fails to force his way into the Spanish head coach’s plans in North London.