The 26 year-old Swiss international went on loan to the Bundesliga with Hannover in the January transfer window after finding playing time difficult to come by at the Emirates.
Switzerland manager Ottmar Hitzfeld was the catalyst for the move issuing an ultimatum to the central defender mid last year effectively saying to either get more playing time or risk losing a spot in the national side.
Hamburg’s director of sport Oliver Kreuzer is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News:
We would loan him, but we would also buy him, depending on what Arsenal prefer.
Hannover played well in Europe last season, but Hamburg is Hamburg.
HSV is HSV, and we are just a better club.
Reports also suggest that Djourou is also wanted by Hannover 96, although it has recently emerged that the club cannot bring him to the AWD Arena permanently due to financial reasons leading many to believe Hamburg is his likely destination.
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Personally speaking, it is certainly the right time for Djourou to leave Arsenal permanently. At 26 years of age, he isn’t getting any younger and playing time is crucial for his future in international football.
The centre-back is contracted to Arsenal until 2015 so the Gunners should get a reasonable transfer fee for him. German football should also provide a good challenge for the Swiss defender and hopefully he will be able to get his confidence high with regular playing time!
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