Arsenal and Spurs want La Liga 'Team of the Year' defender Djene Dakonam
North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are among a host of clubs chasing Togo centre-back Djene Dakonam. Everton, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace are also interested in the signature of the 28-year-old Getafe defender.
The La Liga side value Djene at around £22m and Monaco are understood to have already made a bid, but their offer of £12.8m was turned down. Djene has been really impressive for Getafe and was named in the La Liga Team of the Year for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.
The azulones have been in a pretty decent run of form this campaign and Djene is a big reason behind that. He has been ever-present in the backline, helping the club sitting seventh in the table.
The Togo international has a contract with Getafe which runs until 2023. The club are believed to be ready to cash in on him as his price could decrease as the player turned 28 last month.
Getafe are not financially strong as a club and it is difficult for them to operate unless they sell their best players on good profit. From a financial point of view, they need to sell their priced asset really soon.
A host of Premier League clubs are ready to take advantage of the situation but Arsenal and Spurs are believed to be leading the race. Both north London clubs desperately need to improve their leaky defences. Southampton have also reportedly made a bid for the 28-year-old although it is yet to be understood what Getafe's answer to that was.
Arsenal are desperate for reinforcements at the back. Shkodran Mustafi is set to leave for Galatasaray, and Calum Chambers has picked up a nasty ACL injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season.
Spurs' defence has also under-performed this season with serious question marks raised over the abilities of players like Serge Aurier and Davinson Sanchez among others. It is public knowledge that Mourinho is desperate to add more quality to his backline.
Djene is very experienced at international level having made 49 appearances for Togo. He also can double up at right-back which is another reason why he is wanted by so many clubs.
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