Arsenal defender fancies Italy move
Arsenal transfer target: Johan Djourou wants Serie A move after frustration at lack of opportunities
Arsenal defender Johan Djourou is eyeing a move to Serie A after becoming disillusioned with life at the Emirates Stadium club.
The Swiss centre-back has fallen well down the pecking order for his preferred position under Arsene Wenger this season and his agent has revealed there is interest in him from Italy.
Djourou has been with the Gunners for nine years but his time in the first team has often been disrupted by fitness issues and, latterly, poor form.
Due to all Arsenal’s recognised full-backs being injured, the 25-year-old was forced to fill in at right-back for a number of games last season, but rarely featured in the middle.
The arrival of Per Mertesacker in the summer, added to Wenger’s preferred central pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen, meant Djourou’s opportunities lessened.
Now his agent has revealed not only interest from Serie A, but offers from certain clubs.
“I saw my client the other day and he was enthusiastic about both Napoli and Italy in general. So far we have received an offer worth £10m,” he is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.
“At the moment Napoli are not on the list of appointments but everything is possible. If he leaves the Premier League he will play in Italy or Spain.
“He wants to play for one of the top five Italian clubs.”
Djourou made just 12 Premier League starts last season, but he did sign a two-year extension to his contract.