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Arsenal could sign Saliba’s dream in potential £87m+ defender

Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Brighton last weekend showed why Mikel Arteta’s men should be taken seriously as Premier League title challengers.

The Gunners are currently first in the league, winning approximately 70% of their games this season and only losing twice.

Even though the Spaniard has one of the best squads in the league, he wants to make a new addition to his side in the form of a young defender.

Arsenal transfers latest – Jorrel Hato
According to journalist Suleyman Öztürk via Dutch outlet SoccerNews, Jorrel Hato is being watched by Arsenal and Manchester City after his rapid development this season.

is believed that if he continues to perform, the defender may become the first player to be sold from Ajax for €100m (£87m).

However, a move is unlikely this January as the Gunners must raise funds to fit in with financial fair play guidelines.

Jorrel Hato’s style of play
It is no surprise that Hato has already been dubbed “one of the most talented CBs of his generation” by Football Talent Scout Jacek Kulig, as at just 17 years old, the Dutch defender has made his international debut and worn the captain’s armband at Ajax.

The left-footed defender has all the qualities of a modern centre-half and is very reminiscent of William Saliba in terms of his ability to be mobile, dynamic, and progress play.

The table below shows how Hato’s on-the-ball ability compares to other centre-backs from this season’s Europa League. It’s certainly impressive reading.

As you can see, Hato is one of the best ball-playing centre-backs to have graced the competition this season, and he would slot perfectly alongside Arsenal’s French defender. With Arteta’s obsession with control and extremely technical players, the Ajax star would surely thrive.

He is also an excellent carrier of the ball and can step into the midfield, which would be of great use when Arsenal faces a low block. The Ajax academy graduate also possesses a vast passing range, but he preferes to move the ball quickly with short passing.

Although the 6-foot star has featured at a centre-back in 20 of his 24 matches this season for Ajax, he has also shown versatility to play as a left-back. Arteta will particularly like this aspect of his game, with the Spaniard often using his left-sided defender, Oleksandr Zinchenko, in an inverted position.

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