English club jump ahead of Arsenal in race to land 24-year-old Spanish midfielder

According to a Spanish newspaper Marca, West Ham United and Arsenal are keen on Joan Jordan from La Liga side Eibar in the summer transfer market.

It has been reported that the Hammers and Sevilla are the favourites for the 24-year-old midfielder.

Both clubs are claimed to have made offers for the Spaniard, with Arsenal, Villarreal and Valencia also reported to want the player and are claimed to have registered their interest.

According to Marca, the star’s release clause is €15 million (£13.35 million), but Eibar are prepared to negotiate a lower fee, although it won’t go below €10 million (£8.9 million).

Jordan has been on the books of his side since the summer of 2017 when the Spaniard joined them after leaving Espanyol.

During the 2017-18 season, Jordan made 25 starts and 10 substitute matches in La Liga for Eibar, netting six goals and providing four assists in the process.

The versatile midfielder made 32 starts and four substitute matches in La Liga for Eibar this campaign, scoring four goals and creating four assists in the process.

Meanwhile, shot-stopper Emiliano Martinez will reportedly be utilised in the Arsenal main team squad next campaign.

He has been contracted to Arsenal since 2011, although the 26-year-old star has only been provided with nine senior matches during his eight-year stint at the club.

The South American has spent six different loan periods at other teams, the latest coming at Reading where he made 18 matches in the Championship.

However, according to The Mirror, coach Unai Emery has decided to promote him into the role as deputy keeper as a result of Petr Cech’s retirement.

Premier League rivals join Arsenal in chase for defender with €35m buy-out clause

Arsenal have been joined by Marco Silva’s Everton in the race to land the Spanish side Getafe and Togo centre-back Djene Dakonam this summer transfer window, the latest reports from Spain say.

According to a Spanish daily sport newspaper Marca, both the Toffees and Gunners are keen on landing the player, with the Spanish club set to stand firm regarding the Togo international’s £31 million (€35 million) release clause.

Djene Dakonam was brilliant for Azulones this season, with his displays at the back going a long way in his side’s surprise attempt to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

Unfortunately for La Liga outfit, they only managed to qualify for the UEFA Europa League this campaign, which was achieved by the club securing a fifth-place finish in the Spanish top-flight.

Getafe only shipped 35 league goals this season, a total that is one less than Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona managed, and 11 less than Real Madrid, something that the player can definitely take some credit for.

If Arsenal showed one thing this campaign, it is that they definitely need to sign defensive reinforcements this summer transfer window if they are to get back to challenging on all fronts next campaign.

Spanish boss Unai Emery’s side probably would have achieved a Top 4 finish in the EPL this year had they had a better defence, thus the club are going to need to strengthen their defensive options within the next few weeks in order to have a squad capable of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

Not Wesley: Arsenal lodge summer bid for in-demand Club Brugge forward

Unai Emery’s Arsenal have reportedly submitted a £12m offer for the Belgian club Club Brugge striker Emmanuel Dennis, the latest reports say.

According to Turkey’s one of the most popular sports newspapers Fanatik, Arsenal and Ligue 1 side, Lyon have both made £12 million bids for Dennis as the star looks set to leave Belgian Pro League outfit this summer.

The report adds that Fenerbahce are also interested in the player, but aren’t willing to match the offers from Les Gones and the Gunners.

Dennis netted seven goals in the Belgian top-flight in 26 appearances this campaign, with a further six goals in cup competitions.

The Gunners failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and are improbable to be able to fork out the kind of money you see Manchester City and Liverpool splashing out.

The club struggled defensively last campaign and conceded far too many goals in the EPL – and in Europe.

Unai Emery needs to sign better defenders for his roster, rather than spending a decent amount of his transfer kitty on another forward.

The likes of Spanish full-back Nacho Monreal, Germany international Shkodran Mustafi and experienced French player Koscielny all failed to impress in the defence.

And all of them could all be replaced in the summer transfer window if the north London heavyweights are shrewd in the transfer window and made good additions to their roster.

Opting out of a £12 million deal for Emmanuel Dennis could give the club more money to spend on bolstering their back line.