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Arsenal join Chelsea in race for Sporting star Ousmane Diomande

Arsenal have initiated communication with the Portuguese club Sporting CP regarding their keen interest in acquiring the services of Ousmane Diomande.

Diomande, 20, was acquired for a substantial sum of €7.5 million from FC Midtjylland in Denmark approximately 14 months ago. Since then, he has swiftly established himself as a valuable asset during his tenure with Sporting in Portugal. Notably, Midtjylland has a contractual provision entitling them to 20 per cent of any future transfer fee, and Diomande himself is subject to an €80m release clause.

Ousmane Diomande
Ousmane Diomande

In the ongoing season, Ousmane Diomande has participated in 29 matches, contributing 2 goals and setting up one assist. Additionally, he has represented Ivory Coast in 4 international fixtures.

According to reports from Record in Portugal, Diomande has become the primary defensive target for Arsenal. The club’s management holds the belief that he possesses the potential to ascend to the ranks of the finest players globally.

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Securing his transfer from Sporting is anticipated to pose a considerable challenge, given the substantial interest from various other elite clubs. It has been disclosed that Arsenal are prepared to match Chelsea‘s offer of €60m, and there is a possibility of further escalation with additional performance-based incentives.

Apart from Arsenal and Chelsea, Diomande has attracted attention from several other prominent clubs including Bayern Munich and Newcastle in recent times. The competition for his signature is expected to intensify as the transfer window progresses.


Arsenal’s pursuit of Ousmane Diomande underscores their commitment to bolstering their defensive lineup with promising talent. While the path to securing his services may be fraught with challenges due to the interest from multiple contenders, Arsenal’s willingness to match significant offers demonstrates their determination to acquire a player they deem integral to their future success.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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