Arsenal poised to sign £35m defender even before Arsene Wenger is replaced

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Arsenal fans are set for a very, very busy summer. 

With a repositioned transfer window and an entire month swallowed up the World Cup, the powers that be at Arsenal have plenty of work to do before August.

Carrying out their first managerial switch in almost two decades is only the start.

And while Ivan Gazidis and co. sort out who will succeed Arsene Wenger, the club needs to keep an eye on who they want to sign over the course of the summer.

You get the impression that Arsenal carried out the bulk of their annual spending with the purchases of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but it seems the Gunners are still ready to splash the cash.

Arsenal closing in on £35m move

It would be hoped in the long-term that the incoming manager would control the majority of the signings to build the team around his style and goals.

That being said, it won't be the easiest task with such a convoluted summer and it's even reported that Arsenal only have £50 million to spend anyway.

As a result, reports are suggesting that the north London club aren't planning to waste any time at all and are planning to once again call upon the expertise of Sven Mislintat.

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Caglar Soyuncu move almost confirmed

The club's Head of Recruitment worked with Borussia Dortmund for ten years and masterminded the signings of Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan and Konstantinos Mavropanos.

His next target? Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu.

According to the Telegraph, to the tune of £35 million, Arsenal have fended off a number of Premier League rivals to all but secure the purchase.

Other English clubs have been told that the highly-rated 21-year-old is 'destined' for the Emirates Stadium.

The news comes in spite of the fact none of the managers interviewed for the Arsenal job have been asked about Soyuncu with Mislintat's opinion carrying so much weight.

The report concedes the Arsenal may wait for a green light from their new boss yet the deal seems a matter of when, not if.

It's not a signing to inspire much excitement within the fanbase and looks another capture for the future.


Nevertheless, such uncertainty will feel all-too familiar for Arsenal fans over the next couple of months as their club goes through an unparalleled transition.

It might actually be beneficial to limit spending this summer just to temper the jarring nature of all the changes.

Supporters will have to wait until August to see how their team and club is shaping up.

Don't be vaguely surprised if Soyuncu has some part to play in it, though.

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