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Arsenal given boost in Bundesliga defender pursuit

Dan-Axel Zagadou at Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund defender Dan-Axel Zagadou has told the club he wants to leave, opening the door for a potential move to Arsenal. 

Unai Emery has focused on defensive reinforcements this summer, with moves in the works for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney and Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba. 

With Zagadou open to a move, reportedly frustrated by Dortmund's re-signing of Mats Hummels, he has emerged as another option.

Arsenal already have a strong ex-Dortmund contingent at the club comprising of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and it's thought that Zagadou would be keen on reuniting with Aubameyang especially. 

Arsenal have also suffered from a lack of pace in defence over recent years, and the 20-year-old Frenchman would go some way to solving that problem. 

However, with his value in the region of £27m - a fair chunk of Arsenal's £45m budget for the summer - they would likely need to sell some players to fund any deal. 


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