Arsenal, Spurs, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona in four way battle to sign young defender Issa Diop

Arsenal, Spurs, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona in four way battle to sign young defender Issa Diop

The fight for Issa Diop

The two biggest teams in world football are going head to head against North London’s two best sides and Inter Milan to sign Toulouse defender Issa Diop according to The Sun.

The 21 year old is already the captain of Toulouse and has demonstrated some brilliant leadership qualities this year.

Diop has been a rock at the back this term but Toulouse have struggled defensively. He has been at Toulouse since his youth team days and broke into the first team early in the 2015/16 season.

He has also chipped in with two goals this season against Rennes and Angers.

Unbelievably, at 21, he has a lot of experience and has played over 80 games in the French top flight.

For those reasons, it is not surprising that these four top clubs are fighting for his signature.

Where will Diop go?


Arsenal have a history of signing players from the French division and The Gunners have had a strong French core ever since Arsene Wenger arrived at the club.

Toulouse recently signed Yaya Sanogo from the Gunners which means that the two clubs have been in recent contact.

Arsenal are in desperate need of new defenders considering that they have conceded 36 goals in the Premier League so far this season.


Spurs are not just a one man team. Harry kane may grab all the plaudits but the Tottenham defence is extremely strong.

Tottenham have a number of fantastic centre backs including the formidable duo of Jan vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld whilst Davinson Sanchez has been very impressive during Alderweireld’s absence this season.

It is unlikely that a young defender who currently plays every week in France, would want to move to a club where he is unlikely to play very often.

Real Madrid

Los Blancos have had a very difficult season this year. The current Champions League holders are 17 points behind Barcelona in La Liga and have had difficulty throughout the season both defensively and in front of goal.

Real Madrid already have a number of quality centre backs including Nacho Fernandez, Theo Hernandez, Jesus Vallejo, Raphael Varane and of course, Sergio Ramos.

Similar to the situation that he would be in at Spurs, Diop wouldn’t play often at Real Madrid but an offer from the world’s most successful club may be too big to turn down.


Barcelona’s incredible season seems to have been overshadowed by Manchester City and Real Madrid this season.

Lionel Messi and Co. haven’t lost a single match in La Liga or the Champions League this season.

Barcelona have conceded just 11 goals this season and their defence has been as impressive as their brilliant attack.

Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Pique have formed a brilliant partnership in the centre of defence whilst Thomas Vermaelen has been impressive when called upon.

Inter Milan

Inter Milan are currently third in Serie A and are fighting for their place in next season’s Champions League.

Inter have conceded just 11 goals in the league this season but the Italian giants will be wanting to find a replacement for 33 year old defender Miranda in the near future.

Diop could form a defensive pairing with 23 year old Milan Škriniar for the many years to come.

The Verdict

Strangely, I think that Arsenal and Inter Milan are the two clubs who are most likely to sign the in-demand defender.

At 21, Diop will want regular first team appearances and he knows that the opportunity will be available in Milan and at The Emirates.

The Gunners have been very active in recent transfer windows Diop could very well be an Arsenal player for the 2018/19 season.

Soccer News

via 101 Great Goals

February 14, 2018 at 02:35AM


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