Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Arsenal ready to agree £35m deal as Mislintat closes-in on first summer signing

According to the Telegraph , Arsenal are ready to agree a £35m deal to sign Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu as Sven Mislintat prepares to kick-start our summer overhaul.
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We still don’t know for certain who’ll be replacing Arsene Wenger but all signs are pointing to Mikel Arteta being the man to take over from the long-serving Frenchman.
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The Telegraph claim that the interview process has been completed and the club are leaning towards hiring a young coach in the mould of Arteta rather than an experienced manager who’ll want more control.
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The newspaper says despite the uncertainty surrounding the managerial situation, Arsenal are still pressing ahead with their pursuit of Soyuncu with Mislintat heading up the negotiations.
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Our new head of recruitment has been tasked with overseeing our summer transfer activity and a new centre-back is a priority as we desperately need to solve our leaky defence.
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Per Mertesacker has retired from football and moved in to a coaching role while Laurent Koscielny won’t be the same player when he returns from a six-month lay off with an Achilles injury.
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Soyuncu has emerged as a prime target and the Telegraph claim Arsenal chiefs are ready to agree a £35m deal to sign the Turkish international with their sources indicating he is destined for a move to the Emirates this summer.
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The 21-year-old has developed in to one of the best young defenders in the Bundesliga since joining Freiburg from Altindoru in 2016 and he’s also now a regular in the Turkish national team.
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He obviously has huge potential and this is the sort of signing I’d be expecting Arsenal to make this summer as I think we’ll be going for talented young players who can be coached under the new regime.
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I wouldn’t be surprised if the club delays completing any deals until the new manager is in place but it looks like Soyuncu could be Arsenal’s first summer signing.

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