In an effort to go in front of the race for the player, Arsenal have “already” submitted a €35 million offer for Sporting Club de Portugal defender Ousmane Diomande.
Sporting rejected an initial €35 million offer from Arsenal. They are aware that other teams are also considering the defender in addition to the Gunners. However, Arsenal appears to be interested in the defender and has made an offer for him.
Sporting rejects the bid from Arsenal for their young defender
Sporting do, in fact, feel that a number of teams are keeping an eye on the defender from the Ivory Coast. As a result, they will hold off on making any offers for the time being in order to allow the interest mount.
Diomande, who joined Sporting only in January and recently signed a contract through 2027, finds it to be advantageous. He currently has no interest in leaving the club. Sporting want to reward the defender for his efforts in the first few months while also protecting themselves in the long run. Negotiations to try and extend the deal are already under way. There were some doubts about the €7.5m plus €5m contract they committed to in order to recruit the player. But those doubts are now gone, and his price is “rising sharply”.
Sporting won’t alter his €80 million release clause. But they do want to reward him with an improved contract that matches his new status and lock him down for another year. Arsenal made a €35 million offer for him, but it was rejected. The €80 million sum is regarded as the starting point for further negotiations.
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