Arsenal tipped for Jordan deal
The January window is fast approaching and it is an opportunity for Arsenal to recruit additional reinforcements to improve a season which has threatened to be a disaster.
There are pressing matters in different areas but specifically central midfield has come under scrutiny for it’s lack of creativity and depth in quality. Arsenal managed to pull off the signing of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid in the summer after activating the Ghanaian’s £45 million release clause.
Partey arriving at Arsenal was pivotal. The Gunners have lacked serious quality in the central part of their midfield since the departures of Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and the decline and eventual exile of Mesut Ozil.
Therefore, the ability for the club to strengthen in January will surely take on a focus in the area. Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Dani Ceballos (whom will leave after his loan expires at the end of the current season) are widely regarded as players which the club desperately need to improve on.
Reports have suggested that Arsenal are interested in Sevilla midfielder Joan Jordan. The 26-year old has become an integral part of Julen Lopetegui’s side which won the Europa League last season and has since progressed through their Champions League group during the current campaign.
He will supposedly be available for a fee of around £32 million, £23 million less than his release clause. Whilst the need for a out-and-out senior creative central midfielder is essential, the opportunity to sign a player of Jordan’s quality for a reasonable fee, considering the market, may be too good to miss.
Expert insight on Jordan
To understand more about the Spanish midfielder and what type of player Arsenal could be signing, should they bring him in, 101 spoke to Spanish football writer Alan Feehely. Here is what he had to say on the Sevilla player:
‘Joan Jordán is an impressive character whose path to the elite hasn’t been gilded. He’s had to fight for his opportunities and has taken the long and winding road to the elite of the European game.
Jordán couldn’t break into the first team at Espanyol under Quique Sánchez Flores and was loaned out to Real Valladolid, who were in the midst of instability. He performed steadily if not spectacularly for Pucela during his season there to earn a move to Primera side Eibar upon the spell’s end.
The Catalan thrived under José Luis Mendilibar in the Basque Country, first operating in a pair with captain Dani García before stepping up to the plate and assuming control of the midfield when García left for Athletic Club. His form at Ipurua earned him a move to Sevilla.
Munir wins it late for Sevilla! Heartbreak for Cadiz! 😱
What an incredible through ball from Joan Jordán 🙌 pic.twitter.com/peOFxFQGiT
— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) September 27, 2020
Jordán’s performances at the Sánchez-Pizjuán have taken his game to the next level. He was linked with West Ham United before moving to Andalusia but settled in at Sevilla well. He took time to find his feet before coming into his own post-lockdown, dovetailing well with the more flamboyant Éver Banega and supported by Fernando Reges in the pivot.
He was an important figure for Sevilla as they won the Europa League and finished in the top four of La Liga, level on points with Atletico Madrid in third. Banega departed for Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab in the close-season and Ivan Rakitić was brought back to Nervión after six trophy-laden years at Barcelona to assume leadership of the midfield, but it’s been Jordán who’s taken control instead.
😍 A perfect free kick from Joan Jordan gives Sevilla the lead over Alaves!
📺 LIVE on Premier Sports 2 pic.twitter.com/q9xRZvpheq
— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) September 15, 2019
Jordán is an intelligent player with a prodigious work-rate and an underrated technical ability. Able to showcase his passing range more now that Banega, who dominated the ball, is gone, the 26 year-old has proven to be more than a reliable box-to-box player.
What would be most valuable to Arsenal is his grit, tenacity and ambition. Jordán plays with a serious competitive edge and has made a point of exceeding expectations throughout his career. Next on the horizon for him is to play in a team challenging for major honours and break into the Spanish national team. Given his trajectory thus far, I’d be slow to doubt him.’
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