sports: LIVE Transfer Talk: Arsenal close on Caglar Soyuncu, Bale wants Prem return
Arsenal are set to strengthen their defence as they line up a £35 million move for Freiburg centre-back Caglar Soyuncu, reports the Daily Mail. According to Soyuncu's agent, Mustafa Dogru, there are "concrete talks" between the player and the Gunners, and "all that remains is for a fee to be agreed."
The 22-year-old could be partnered at the heart of a new-look Arsenal back line by Borussia Dortmund's Sokratis Papastathopoulos, as head of recruitment Sven Mislintat looks to equip Unai Emery with the tools to mount a serious Premier League challenge.
Mislintat's rebuilding plans are also thought to include Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, who has previously been linked with a move to Juventus. The combative 22-year-old would certainly add extra quality in midfield, with the Gunners looking to finalise a deal before Torreira links up with Uruguay at the World Cup.