Arsenal are interested in signing Olympiacos defender Pape Abou Cisse this summer, according to a report by 90Min.
They report that the Gunners watched the 23-year-old centre half extensively last season and want him regardless of whether William Saliba gets over the line.
The report also says that Cisse – who is a towering presence at 6ft 6in – is valued at around £10 million by the Greek club, putting him within Arsenal’s summer budget.
Arsenal’s scouts reportedly believe he’s ready to become a regular starter at the Emirates Stadium, and it’s likely he’d be thrust centre stage anyway – especially with the uncertainty over captain Laurent Koscielny’s future.
The report got a mixed response from Gunners fans on Twitter, but the overwhelming consensus was that not many of them have seen Cisse play before.
That could mean he’s something of a hidden gem – and he does play in a position where Arsenal badly need improvements – but some supporters aren’t convinced and would prefer more of a household name.
Cisse’s lack of experience and notoriety need not stop him from being a success or good value transfer for Unai Emery, however…
— Sergej Gapoyan (@Twiceman2) July 18, 2019
Never heard of him, but we do need to be trying to centre backs in
— Kev (@KevArsenal1990) July 18, 2019
— LΞП° (@lenspence) July 18, 2019
No idea man
— Robin (@robin_grant_85) July 18, 2019
Never heard of this guy but we need a other CB so why not
— 𝕵𝖆𝖓͢͢͢𝖓𝖎𝖘 (@GunnerJannis) July 18, 2019
Koulibaly’s country man 🔥
— THΛBΛNG (@trizzy_trevor) July 18, 2019
How good is he? But I’ve ever seen his physical , looks good for cb too much.
— 🙂ช้อนโต๊ะชา🙃 (@NutPu_AFC) July 18, 2019
— eryrog (@eryrog) July 18, 2019