Arsenal have reportedly joined the race for Domagoj Vida, but splashing out on the feisty Croatian would be a huge mistake.
According to reports, Unai Emery is targeting a £25m bid for Vida.
The report claims Emery has not been impressed by Shkodran Mustafi, and will sell either the German defender or Danny Welbeck to raise funds for the Vida deal.
The links should definitely be taken with a pinch of salt, as the World Cup ace has already been linked with multiple Premier League clubs, so it could just be agent talk off the back of a good showing in Russia.
However, if Emery is truly planning to dump Mustafi to make room for Vida, it would be his worst move since joining the Gunners, and putting the Croatian alongside Sokratis Papastathopoulos would be an accident waiting to happen.
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There’s no doubt about it, Vida was exceptional at the World Cup. His partnership with Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren was one of the main reasons their side progressed to the semi-final, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to splash out £25m on him.
The 29 year-old has played for some huge clubs in Europe, racking up over 50 league appearances for Dinamo Zagreb, the biggest club in Croatia, and over 100 league appearances for Dynamo Kyiv, one of Ukraine’s football giants. However, the 6 ft ace is approaching 30, and has never performed in one of Europe’s top leagues.
He is a no nonsense defender, a strong tackler, and surprisingly good in the air for his size, but he would struggle massively with the pace of the Premier League. He is also a bit reckless and prone to the occasional lapse in discipline, and the Gunners already have one loose cannon with Granit Xhaka.
Mustafi hasn’t had the best start to life in the Premier League, but at 26 is nowhere near his prime, and could develop more under Emery. Vida has very little room to improve, is slow and reckless, and would block the development of Arsenal’s young defensive core.
So, Arsenal fans, do you agree it would be a mistake to sign Vida? Or would he be a big upgrade on Mustafi? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…