Freiburg defender in talks with Arsenal as Mislintat starts to make his mark

Date published: Wednesday 28th March 2018 7:30

Arsenal have held talks over a possible move for Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu, according to a report.

After being a major player in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s arrival at The Emirates in January, Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is starting to make his mark with the Gunners.

He is believed to have placed Hoffenheim midfielder Kerem Demirbay on his wanted list, according to the London Evening Standard and now Turkish defender Soyuncu is also on his radar.

The Daily Mail claim the Gunners have held talks about signing the 21-year-old Turkey international centre-back.

Manchester United, Manchester City Liverpool, Chelsea and Roma are all believed to have made checks on the player over the past 12 months.

But Mislintat is now pondering making a move for the player, who has made rapid progress in the Bundesliga since his move from Altindoru in 2016.

Arsenal have apparently scouted him several times this term and were present again at Turkey’s 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland last week where Soyuncu picked up his 13th cap.

The Gunners will not get the youngster on the cheap though and under contract until 2021, he will cost £30million, per the source.

“He’s not for sale,” Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier was quoted as saying in January. “It doesn’t matter how much money’s involved, he’s not going anywhere.

“He’s done really well and we want to continue working together – and he does, too.”

 

 

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