Arsenal enter the battle to sign 24-year-old Denmark international

The London giants are closely monitoring the situation of Joachim Andersen. The Fulham defender, on loan from Lyon, has attracted interest from teams around Europe after impressing in the PL, with Arsenal reportedly joining West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur in his pursuit.

Denmark international is currently valued at £20m, with the defender also being strongly linked with a move to Spurs earlier this month.

Even Fulham are believed to keen on securing his services on a permanent basis next campaign, but their likely failure in retaining their PL status could dampen their hopes of doing so, although Joachim is quite happy at Craven Cottage.

In fact, Andersen shares a great relationship with head coach Scott Parker, who had even given him the role of captaincy earlier in the season.

The 24-year-old centre-back has since impressed with his leadership, aggression and composure on the ball that has added a new dimension to Fulham’s defensive unit, even though the Cottagers have continued to struggle in the top-flight.

At Arsenal, the Danish defender is likely being considered as a long-term replacement for David Luiz, whose deal at Arsenal expires at the end of the campaign. The club is yet to hold talks over a possible new contract while other defenders, including Calum Chambers and Sead Kolasinac, are facing an uncertain future at the club.

Joachim, in that regard, could emerge as the perfect competitor for the under-performing and inconsistent Gabriel Magalhaes as well as the injury-prone Pablo Mari. He can also prove to be an upgrade over Rob Holding, although the Englishman has arguably been Arsenal’s best defender this campaign.