Alan Hutton has suggested that West Ham centre-back Issa Diop would be the ideal signing for Arsenal this summer, when speaking exclusively to Football Insider.
The 23-year-old joined the Hammers from Toulouse in the summer of 2018 for around £22.5 million (The Mirror).
Diop has been inconsistent at times, but he clearly has a lot of talent, and he possesses all of the attributes needed to go on and become a truly top class centre-back.
And the Mirror claims that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is a big fan of the West Ham defender.
The British tabloid claims that the Gunners would have to pay at least £45 million in order to prise Diop away from the London Stadium, however.
Diop suggested for Arsenal
And Hutton, who enjoyed spells in the Premier League with Tottenham and Aston Villa, suggested that the West Ham ace would be the ideal summer signing for Arsenal, when speaking exclusively to Football Insider:
“He’s a very good player, there’s been a lot of talk surrounding him. Diop’s a very good player, he’s still really young so I think as a player he’ll grow and become better. Especially playing – no disrespect to anybody – in a better squad. He’s probably got a lot of improving left to go which is only good for the club because he’s already a great player. I can see Arsenal wanting to strengthen their defensive line because going forward is not a problem, it’s stopping the goals at the back. I’m sure that’s a priority.”
The prospect of selling Diop will divide the West Ham fanbase. Some believe he is a future star in the making. Whilst others think that he should be moved on if the price is right.
The Hammers owners could face a big decision in the summer. Much will depend on the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, however.