COYG: Aissa Mandi agree personal terms to join Arsenal

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Arsenal have made an inquiry for Real Betis defender Aissa Mandi, according to Spanish media outlet Eldesmarque.

The Algerian international has been playing in La Liga since making his move from French side Reims a few years ago, where he has turned into a central defender after beginning his career as a right-back.

However, although there is a €30 million release clause in his contract, the Gunners are unwilling to spend that much money due to their limited spending power in January.

The 27-year-old has helped Real Betis to the last 32 of this season’s Europa League, and Betis rejected a bid of €14 million from West Ham in the summer.

Mandi helped Algeria reach the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup, and started against eventual world champions Germany in the tournament back in Brazil.

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