Record-breaking Arsenal target: Why I rejected ‘good clubs’

Joachim Andersen has explained why he rejected “good clubs” like Arsenal to join Lyon.

Andersen was a target for a number of Europe’s leading sides, including north London pair Arsenal and Tottenham.

But the centre-half opted to leave Sampdoria for Lyon in a £22m deal instead, becoming the most expensive Danish footballer in history.

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The 23-year-old was also the French side’s club-record signing after turning down overtures from elsewhere.

“There were good clubs [interested], but Lyon was the best choice for me,” Andersen told Foot Mercato.

“I wanted to develop as a player, play the Champions League, be in a top team that fights for the title and Lyon was the best solution.”

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