Arsenal star targeted by German duo
Arsenal transfer news: Hamburg & Hannover both interested in the signing of Johan Djourou
German duo Hamburg and Hannover are both keen on signing Arsenal defender Johan Djourou this summer, as the Swiss international looks for a way out of the Emirates, according to SkySports.
Djourou was sent out on loan this season to Hannover and became a key first-team player during his stint in Germany and the club are currently working on a deal to make the loan-move a permanent one.
Despite Hannover being keen on signing Djourou permanently, their German rivals Hamburg, are confident that they can secure the signing of the Arsenal defender as they believe they have more to offer the 26-year-old.
The centre-back has been at Arsenal since 2002 and he has made his way up through the youth ranks and finally broke into the first-team back in 2004.
He has now gone on to make over 80 appearances for Arsenal's first-team, scoring one goal along the way as well.
However last season it was made clear to him by manager Arsene Wenger that he is not needed at the club because of the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen.
His future will be in even more doubt if the Gunners do sign Swansea City defender Ashley Williams.
Talking in an interview about Djourou, the Hamburg director of sport insisted that they will loan or buy the defender depending on what the English side would prefer.
"We would loan him, but we would also buy him, depending on what Arsenal prefer," said Oliver Kreuzer.
He then went on to add that he believes Hamburg have more to offer than what Hannover has.
"Hannover played well in Europe last season, but Hamburg is Hamburg," he told Bild newspaper.
"HSV is HSV, and we are just a better club."
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