Arsenal eyeing £25m move for Domagoj Vida

Unai Emery is keen on bringing Croatia and Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida to London this summer, according to The Sun.

Vida would reportedly cost Arsenal around £25 million as they look to find a suitable cover for Arsenals captain Laurent Koscielny who is out until at least this December.

However, as per the report from The Sun, Arsenal would have to sell players in order to finance the move with Danny Welbeck one of the top names on that list.

Experienced centre-back

Vida began his career in Croatia with NK Osijek for whom he played 86 games before signing for Bayer Leverkusen in July of 2010 for a fee of around £2 million.

However, Vida would only manage nine appearances for the German side before moving to Dinamo Zagreb in 2011 for a fee of around £1.17 million.

Vida then moved to Dynamo Kyiv for around £4.5 million and would go on to play 160 games for them, in which he scored 13 and assisted eight.

Vida then joined Besiktas in January of 2018 on a free transfer and has played 18 games for the Turkish side.

Unai Emery

Unai Emery manager of PSG looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League group B match between Paris Saint-Germain and RSC Anderlecht at Parc des Princes on October 31, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

A new era at Arsenal

Arsenal’s interest in Vida comes on the back of what looks to be a shift in transfer policy at Arsenal.

In the past, Arsenal would sign players very young and attempt to grow them into world-class players.

But now, it appears Arsenal are taking a very different approach which seems to be to sign very experienced older players.

The Gunners have already signed the likes of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner this summer.

Both of which are in the twilight years of their careers and now it seems that Vida could well be following suit.

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