Arsenal’s defensive overhaul could continue with Caglar Soyuncu as he reveals his wish of playing for Arsenal
Unai Emery has started his reign at Arsenal by sanctioning a defensive overhaul. Arsenal confirmed the signing of Bernd Leno in a much-needed boost to their goalkeeping ranks. He became their second signing after securing the signatures of Stephan Lichsteiner for free.
Now, with a new goalkeeper and a full-back secured, Emery’s sights have turned towards strengthening the centre of defence. A deal for Greek international Sokratis Papastathapoulous is all but confirmed but Freiburg’s Caglar Soyuncu remains a target. The player himself has revealed his wish of turning up for the Gunners.
Caglar Soyuncu to Turkish outlet Gunes: "It is true, Arsenal have made an offer, I want Arsenal, god willing I will go to Arsenal or the Premier League but it all depends on Freiburg," pic.twitter.com/7l0kRD85Vx
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Speaking to Turkish outlet Gunes, Soyuncu said:
“I hope I go to Arsenal, I really want to play in the Premier League but everything depends on the team.”
“I received bids from some of the teams in Turkey. I would not be able to give the team a name, but I did not accept it.”
“I do not think about playing in Turkey at the moment. I want to continue my career in Europe, but of course, we do not know what will happen in the future.”
Soyuncu is valued at £35 million and his representatives have previously admitted that the player is close to a move to the Emirates. Sven Mislintat has been keeping a keen eye on the player for a while now and believes the 22-year-old holds good value at the price. Meanwhile, Soyuncu’s arrival could lead to Shkodran Mustafi’s departure from the club
Soyuncu is a talented youngster who is on the radar on several clubs including Liverpool and Atletico Madrid. Should Arsenal succeed in securing his signatures, he will mark a big upgrade on several of their current centre-backs. Also at just 22 years of age, he could be a long-term solution to Arsenal’s defensive woes.