Arsenal Emerges as Frontrunner in Pursuit of Highly Rated Ivorian Defender
In the competitive race for Sporting Lisbon’s standout defender, Ousmane Diomande, Arsenal has reportedly positioned itself at the forefront, overtaking Newcastle United’s interest. The 19-year-old from Ivory Coast has earned acclaim across Europe for his stellar performances alongside Sebastian Coates and Goncalo Inacio in Sporting’s formidable backline over the past year.
Diomande’s rise has not gone unnoticed, with several elite clubs expressing interest in securing his talents. Both Arsenal and Newcastle have been linked with the young defender, but recent reports from Portuguese outlet Record, as quoted by TeamTalk, suggest that Arsenal has now taken the lead in the pursuit.
According to the same sources, Arsenal, under the management of Mikel Arteta, made an initial attempt to secure Diomande’s services with a £35 million bid. The Gunners are reportedly committed to returning for the young talent, seemingly placing them in a favorable position to finalize the deal.
Securing Diomande won’t come without a significant financial commitment, as the defender is reported to have an £80 million release clause in his contract, valid until the summer of 2027. Despite the hefty price tag, Arsenal appears undeterred in its pursuit of this rising defensive star.
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