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Arsenal ask for updates on £26.5m Ibrahima Bamba’s availability

Arsenal ask for updates on £26.5m Ibrahima Bamba’s availability


FLORENCE, ITALY - MAY 25: Ibrahima Bamba of Italy in action during a Italy training session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on May 25, 2022 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
FLORENCE, ITALY – MAY 25: Ibrahima Bamba of Italy in action during a Italy training session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on May 25, 2022 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Arsenal are in the market for a defensive midfielder in the January window, one of three positions they are looking to strengthen as they target a Premier League title win for the first time since 2004.

Reports on Sunday claim that Arsenal have asked to be kept informed of any developments around Bamba’s availability should his club decide to sell him. The player is valued at around €3.5m but Vitoria Guimaraes are said to have priced him at almost 10 times that at €32.5m.

How he has any price when he isn’t for sale is a question for another day.

Bamba can also play as a centreback on the left or right and is under contract until 2026.

Both reports I read [Mirror, Mail] claim that Guimaraes do not expect to sell Bamba in January, but they both also add that this could change if a large enough offer comes in.

In fact, both pieces are nearly identical yet neither list a source for their information so it’s not clear where it’s coming from.

Arsenal have been scouting Bamba while both Villarreal and Atalanta are said to be interested, too. Apparently.



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