According to the Telegraph, Arsenal are set to launch a £35million for highly-rated young Freiburg centre-back Caglar Soyuncu, despite the fact that the club has not yet named a successor to long-serving boss Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners have reportedly interviewed a number of candidates for the job and have made their decision on Wenger’s successor. However, none of the prospective candidates were asked about Soyuncu.
Soyuncu is a highly-rated 21-year-old Turkish international, who has reportedly attracted interest from Premier League clubs and also German giants Bayern Munich.
A rather unusually move
It seems that bringing in a player before a new boss has been announced is a strange move for the Gunners to make. The mooted transfer fee is a relatively big one, even by today’s crazy standards.
Surely the new boss will want to assess the players at his disposal before any major transfer moves are made. However, this move points to the fact that the new boss will have less control over transfers than Wenger, who was seemingly all-powerful in north London.
The Gunners Head of recruitment Sven Mislintat now plays a crucial role in transfers. The former Dortmund man played a big role in January deals for the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Konstantinos Mavropanos.
The signings of older players such as Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan were very un-Wenger like, while reportedly Wenger did not even know Mavropanos.
Any new boss that comes in will have to work closely with Mislintat when it comes to transfer dealings, which is maybe why reports suggest a younger boss like Mikel Arteta may be more likely to take the job this summer.
Defensive reinforcements needed
I have to confess I do not know a great deal about Caglar Soyuncu. However, one area of the Gunners team that is in desperate need of reinforcements it is the backline.
Mislintat obviously knows the Bundesliga well and had a very good success rate when it comes to signing players at Dortmund. If the young defender is as good as is reported, then he may just prove to be a shrewd signing by the Gunners.
This summer is a massive one of change for Arsenal. There are a few players in that Arsenal squad that will be very nervous this summer, as the Gunners have just been far too vulnerable in defence and easy to beat. No doubt there will be defensive additions, maybe Caglar Soyuncu will be one of them.
Would Caglar Soyuncu be a good signing for Arsenal?