Arsenal are working hard on completing the deal for 22-year-old Turkish defender, Caglar Soyuncu.
The centre-back, who plays for Freiburg in the Bundesliga, has been on the wishlist of our transfer chief, Sven Mislintat. The player is seemingly open to the possibility of joining and Sky Sports (h/t Daily Star) report that both clubs remain locked in talks about a potential move.
Soyuncu has established himself as one of the best young players in the German league, playing with calmness and maturity. Unai Emery has reportedly identified the player as one player that can not only add quality to the Arsenal backline in the long-term, but also potentially challenge more experienced campaigners such as Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos (when he signs) straight away.
Soyuncu said last week, “I hope I go to Arsenal. “I really want to play in the Premier League, but everything depends on the team.
“I have a contract [at Freiburg] for three more years. “Yes, 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 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.” he added.
Getting Soyuncu will be part of a revamp of the Arsene backline by Emery, who has already added Bernd Leno and Stephan Lichtsteiner to the team plus Dortmund’s Papastathopoulos.
The one slight concern here would be that we don’t bring too many players in too quickly: the main reason for our defensive failings last season (and before) was the lack of intensity in our play out of possession and not necessarily the individual defenders themselves.
Of course, we need to have a squad strong enough to compete in the Europa League but it’s important we don’t overestimate the size of the re-building job and end up with too many new players.
Soyuncu is a 6ft 2in defender known for his physicality, timing of tackles and ability to bring the ball out from the back and has named Barcelona legend, Carlos Puyol as his role model. He joined Freiburg in 2016 and has made 55 appearances in total; this though, would be a big step up.