Done deal? Fernando Calero agreeing deal to join Arsenal

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According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Arsenal are interested in a January move for defender Fernando Calero. The 23-year-old currently plays his football at Spanish side Real Valladolid and has done so since leaving Malaga back in 2016, with his impressive displays in La Liga seemingly attracting the interest of Gunners manager Unai Emery.

And that’s because reports suggest that the North London giants are targeting a New Year move for the Spaniard, and with his release clause reportedly set at £10 million, it’s a bargain deal the Arsenal boss simply must seek to clinch in January in a bid to bolster his defensive ranks.

Ultimately, the recent injury to Rob Holding has left the Gunners somewhat short in the centre back ranks, especially given the Englishman was beginning to prove his worth on a regular basis to manager Emery with a string of commanding displays in the Arsenal backline.

Yet he looks set to miss the rest of the season following a serious knee injury he sustained in the North London derby earlier this month, which leaves Emery with Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi, and Laurent Koscielny as his only senior centre backs.

And with the latter only just coming back from a lengthy injury spell of his own, and the former to turn 31 next year, it’s plainly obvious that younger reinforcements are needed in the heart of the Gunners defence, both for the present and indeed the future.

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