The Gunners are reportedly after Sokratis Papasthathopolous, Caglar Soyuncu and Bernd Leno
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Arsenal have their sights on completing their transfer business in a £75-million spree before their new manager has been confirmed.
The Gunners are reportedly closing in on the signatures of defenders Sokraits Papasthathopolous of Borussia Dortmund and Freiburg’s Caglar Soyuncu as well as Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
The club’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has free rein to push through these deals as a replacement for Arsene Wenger has not been found.
And that could suggest former Gunners player Mikel Arteta could be appointed the new manager instead of a more established boss such as Max Allegri.
Mislintat is aware of all three targets from his time as Dortmund’s chief scout and he actually signed Papasthathopoulos from Werder Bremen in 2013 and believes the Greece international would be perfect for the Premier League.
The defender, 29, is expected to cost about £15million as he only has a year left on his contract with Dortmund, and is not expected to sign a new deal.
Soyuncu, 21, is reportedly on Manchester City and Roma’s radar but it is understood Arsenal are leading the way for the Turkish international.
The youngster cost Freiburg just £2million when he signed in May 2016, but he is now valued at around £35million by the German club.
The Gunners have reportedly been monitoring Leno for months as they look to find a long-term replacement for Petr Cech.
It is thought the club would like to get all three deals finalised for the first day of the transfer window on June 1, however, official announcements may not happen until a new manager has been confirmed.
The north London club is in need of a shake-up at the back having lost 18 games and conceding 69 goals in the 2017/18 campaign.
They will also have to find someone to step in for Laurent Koscielny, who was ruled out for six months after sustaining a nasty Achilles injury in Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final defeat against Atletico Madrid.
And should they sign Papasthopolous and Soyuncu, Arsenal will apparently be ready to listen to offers for Shkodran Mustafi, who has failed to live up to his £35million price tag after signing the German from Valencia.