Odilon Kossounou would be better served joining Wolves over Arsenal
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Odilon Kossounou would be better served joining Wolves over Arsenal

Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly in the frame to sign highly rated Club Brugge defender Odilon Kossounou.

According to The Sun, Nuno Espirito Santo is targeting the Ivory Coast international, with the Belgian side supposedly valuing their asset at around £20 million.

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Wolves are not the only side to be chasing Kossounou – apparently Liverpool, AC Milan and Inter Milan are all interested too.

Another report from the Mirror has claimed Arsenal are also lurking, and the Gunners have history when it comes to signing Ivorian players.

They currently have Nicolas Pepe in their squad, and have seen the likes of Emmanuel Eboue, Kolo Toure and Gervinho come and go.

There’s a reasonable chance that Kossounou will consider a move to north London given that history and how big a club Arsenal are.

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But the star has surely got to give some thought to a move to the Black Country.

He’ll know Pepe, but Wolves obviously have an Ivorian of their own in Willy Boly, who could be a great friend and mentor for Kossounou.

At Brugge, he has had experience playing as part of a normal back four and in a three-man defence.

Wolves have alternated between two systems this term and the Wanderers may suit him more, with Arsenal pretty much back to a back four these days.

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Moving to Arsenal would likely mean a struggle for game time, given Mikel Arteta already has the likes of Rob Holding, Gabriel, Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers and David Luiz.

They will also welcome back William Saliba this summer after he completes his loan with Nice.

Kossounou has exciting potential, and he need only look at Nuno’s record when it comes to player development (Pedro Neto, Ruben Neves, Adama Traore, Max Kilman to name but a few) at Molineux to know that it would be a better move.