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According to Turkish Football, Caglar Soyuncu’s agent has confirmed Arsenal are in ‘concrete talks’ to sign the Freiburg defender with Sven Mislintat driving the negotiations.

Unai Emery is ready to overhaul our defence after we shipped an embarrassing 51 Premier League goals under Arsene Wenger last season and we need to sign at least one new centre-back.

Per Mertesacker has retired, Laurent Koscielny is out for six months with an Achilles injury and Shkodran Mustafi’s future is in doubt after a disappointing two seasons at the club so you could argue we need two central defenders.

We’ve been strongly linked with Borussia Dortmund’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos but it appears Arsenal chiefs are also looking to sign a more youthful defender and Soyuncu has emerged as a prime target.

Widespread reports suggest we’ve been keeping a close eye on the 22-year-old and Soyuncu admitted earlier this month that Arsenal were showing a keen interest in signing him.

It seems we’ve now stepped-up our pursuit as Soyuncu’s agent, Mustafa Dogru, has revealed in an exclusive interview with Turkish Football that Arsenal are in ‘concrete talks’ to sign the player.

Dogru says Sven Mislintat is leading the negotiations as he’s been tracking Soyuncu since his days in Germany and he suggests that we just need to agree a fee to land the talented Turkish international.

 

However, the agent also went on to reveal that we’re facing stiff competition from several other clubs from throughout Europe but he feels the centre-back is perfectly suited to playing in the Premier League.

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