£35m bid tabled: Arsenal seal deal for Sokratis perfect partner

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The new Arsenal boss Unai Emery and his Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat haven’t been tardy in getting off the mark this summer and are reportedly in talks to bring in a second defender of the window after the Swiss right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner arrived on a free transfer last week.

The 22-year-old Turkish international Caglar Soyuncu, who plays his club football with Freiburg, is the latest name to be linked with a switch for a fee reported to be in the region of £35M.

The player’s agent, Mustafa Dogru, has told Turkish Football that talks are ongoing between club and player.

“(Sven) Mislintat has been keen on Caglar since he was at Borussia Dortmund. He first scouted him back in Germany. Sven is interested in Caglar, there are concrete talks, all that remains if for a fee to be agreed. We will see what happens next,” he said.

The centre-half has been at Freiburg since making the switch from Altinordu in his homeland two years ago and has since established himself as one of the brightest defensive prospects in German football.

He’s also comfortable with shifting across to right-back and has 15 caps for his country.

Soyuncu may be joined at the Emirates by the Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who continues to be linked with a £16M switch to Arsenal and is another player familiar to the seemingly influential Mislintat.

Some reports suggest that the deal is already done but being delayed until the start of the new financial year for accounting reasons.

Arsenal’s defence has long been highlighted by pundits as a weak point and the club’s new management team look set on strengthening it as a priority in their first window working together.


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