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Squillaci confirms he’s set to leave, Djourou all but gone

As news comes through, via a report in Germany, that Johan Djourou’s move to Hannover seems to be done for a fee of around £1.5m, the other centreback at Arsenal who never gets any game time has been speaking to Varmating.com and has confirmed that he will be leaving Arsenal.

Sebastien Squillaci said

I will be out of contract at the end of the season. Under the proposals, I will leave. Perhaps during the January transfer window or else I will wait for the month of June. Of course, back in PACA – in my hometown – is something that interests me. Marseille, Nice, Monaco, Bastia, or Ajaccio are clus that speak to me.

I am 32 years old. I still have two or three good season to go. On the French Riviera or elsewhere. I choose depending on the opportunities that arise.

You’d have to assume that Arsenal much have a centreback or two in mind if they are willing to let two go. Who they are, well, your guess is as good as mine.

[Thanks to @JamieDalton82 for the heads up on this.]

Djourou is reported to have joined Hannover for a fee of £1.5m as I said above [there seems to some confusion over whether this is the loan fee or permanent fee with reports coming out that it is a loan with buy option arrangement]. The reports broke tonight based on a German paper [linked above, the majority of the article is behind a paywall] and at the time of writing nothing has been confirmed by Arsenal who are expected to make the deal official somewhere around January 31st.  It’s a shame that his Arsenal career didn’t pan out, I think I’m right in saying that he is, or was, our longest serving player, and one who showed great promise when he was younger which he just wasn’t able to fulfill. Needless to say, everyone here at LadyArse wishes him all the best, well, I assume they do, I didn’t run a poll.

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