Tabloid Talk

Arsenal to rejuvenate defence with three additions & a major sale

Image for Arsenal to rejuvenate defence with three additions & a major sale

Arsenal are looking to completely rejuvenate their defensive ranks this summer after a disappointing campaign and reports have emerged identifying the changes that the Gunners are looking to make.

The Daily Mirror states Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is top of Arsenal’s wish-list, while the Gunners are also considering West Brom’s Jonny Evans and Freiburg youngster Caglar Soyuncu.

Sokratis, entering the final year of his contract in the Bundesliga, could join the ex-Dortmund continent in north London that head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has worked hard on building; signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.

Available for a reported £15m, a deal would leave Arsenal with further cash to spend but it’s not clear whether they will match the hefty valuation that Freiburg have of Turkey ace Soyuncu, reportedly around £35m.

However, the Gunners are looking to raise funds by offloading Shkodran Mustafi, who missed out on a spot in Germany’s World Cup squad, and are chasing two defensive additions due to that potential departure and Laurent Koscielny’s achilles injury, which will have him sidelined until the back-end of the year.

Arsenal’s final defensive target will be an addition between the sticks, where Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno is the club’s prime target.

Share this article

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *