Unai Emery eyes £40m bid for Gbamin to solve Arsenal’s defensive problems

Arsenal back in for Mainz 05 defender Jean-Philippe Gbamin?

Unai Emery eyes £40m bid for Gbamin to solve Arsenal’s defensive problems

Arsenal reportedly failed in a bid to sign Jean-Philippe Gbamin last summer, and Unai Emery looks set to move in again for the highly rated defender.

We eventually signed Sokratis from Borussia Dortmund but defence has continued to be a major issue for Arsenal this season as we've conceded 37 goals in our 26 Premier League games so far having kept just 4 clean sheets.

Arsenal have been pegged back by injury problems to the likes of Rob Holding, Laurent Koscielny and summer signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos, while German global Shkodran Mustafi has lacked the element of consistency in his game.

It could therefore be the case that the Ivory Coast global drops back into a central defensive role, an area in which the North Londoners have notoriously struggled not just during the current campaign, but over the past five years or more.

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Gbamin is an Ivorian worldwide who now plays for Bundesliga side Mainz.

The centre-back who can also play in defensive midfield has made quite a reputation for himself this season and a number of Premier League clubs have shown an interest in him. Mainz value their asset in the range of £40 million, which could be a problem for Arsenal, with the report adding that Emery will be granted only £45 million to spend in the summer.

Gbamin's current deal with Mainz runs out in 2023 but given all the attention the player is getting, he could very well force a move out of the club during the summer.

"Through my achievements, I have made clubs aware of me, where I see a good chance to go to this next stage in my sporting and personal development".

Gbamin came through the youth ranks at Lens before joining Mainz in 2016 and he's developed in to one of the most promising young defenders in German football over the past two-and-a-half years. It now remains to be seen if Arsenal press ahead with their interest in the versatile defender or pursue alternate targets next summer.

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