Arsenal may have kept the most clean sheets last season with 16 but the Gunners are on the lookout for a new centre-back this summer.
While Laurent Koscielny has established himself as one of the league’s best defenders, he lacked a consistent partner next to him.
Per Mertesacker played regularly at the beginning of the campaign but the German isn’t getting any younger and will turn 32 in September. The other option is Gabriel Paulista. The Brazilian is six years younger than Mertesacker but has failed to win over the Arsenal fans with his inconsistent displays.
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Therefore, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Arsene Wenger make a move for a centre-back in the summer as the club attempt to win their first Premier League title since 2004.
The 24-year-old only joined the Italian club last summer but only missed six league matches last season as they finished fourth.
He only cost Roberto Mancini just over £7 million but, after his fine displays, he will reportedly cost the Gunners £20 million. However, Inter will be keen to offload Murillo due to them being £39 million below the line in terms of the Financial Fair Play rules - something they desperately need to address.
Murillo would represent the perfect partner for Koscielny as he is quick across the ground and can recover any mistakes made.
Before joining Inter last summer, he was plying his trade in Spain for Granada where he made 53 appearances before being snapped up.
Despite only just turning 24, Murillo has already represented Colombia on 17 occasions and will play in this summer’s Copa America held in the United States. But he will be hoping for more success in the tournament than in last year’s edition where he missed a penalty in the quarter-final shootout defeat to eventual finalists Argentina.
Although the majority of Arsenal fans may not have heard of him, they will be very encouraged by the fact they are being linked with a highly-rated defender.
Wenger's last season?
Next season could be Wenger’s last at the Emirates - with his contract expiring next summer - and it’s becoming obvious that he’s desperate to go out in style by winning the league.
To do so, he is attempting to spend plenty of money to give them the best possible chance. Last summer he didn’t buy a single senior outfield player but has already splashed £30 million on Granit Xhaka while the club have been heavily linked with striker Alvaro Morata.
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