One of Arsenal’s widely reported transfer targets has told press that he wants to join the club, in another boost for the Gunners.
Emery and co. have been very active so far, with Bernd Leno confirmed earlier this week, but they aren’t stopping there it seems, with a move for Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu seemingly alive.
The player has recently spoken to press and said the following:
‘Arsenal are an option & I want to go there. But I have 3 more years on my current contract and everything depends on the club [Freiburg],’ he told Turkish outlet Gunes. ‘I received offers from teams in Turkey. I would not be able to give you a name, but I rejected them. I do not think about playing in Turkey at the moment. I want to continue my career in Europe…I want to play for the biggest clubs.’
The 22-year-old is a defender that is known for being good on the ball, but he is also very physically imposing standing at 6ft 2′. The fact he’s been capped 15 times for Turkey at such a young age is also a good sign.
On top of that, he’s a regular for his club in the Bundesliga and has made 50 appearances since 2016. So despite his young age, he doesn’t lack top level experience.
It seems that new Head of Recruitment Mislintat is having a big say in the move for Soyuncu…
‘Sven Mislintat has been keen on Caglar since he was at Borussia Dortmund,’ Soyuncu’s agent Mustafa Dogru told Turkish Football.
‘He first scouted him back in Germany. Sven is interested in Caglar, there are concrete talks, all that remains is for a fee to be agreed. We will see what happens next. ‘What I will say regarding the Liverpool link is that there were four to five Premier League clubs scouting him over the international break.’
The potential issue here appears to be the fee. That could be the sticking point because at the player says, he has three years remaining on his current deal and with Freiburg demanding in excess of £30million, Arsenal’s limited transfer budget could be stretched. Mehdi Benatia may be a lot older, but he would be a cheaper option and bring experience right away.
The Gunners do need to invest in young talent, but in central defence they already have Calum Chambers, Rob Holding and Mavropanos, though it is unclear if Chambers will remain at the club, with heavy links to Fulham.