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Arsenal: Charles Watts gives update on Fresneda transfer pursuit

Arsenal target Ivan Fresneda may stay at Real Valladolid on loan for the rest of the season if he agrees a Premier League move now, journalist Charles Watts has claimed.

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Mikel Arteta’s side have been busy in the January window, securing the signing of Leandro Trossard, and looking set to complete a deal for Polish centre-back Jakub Kiwior heading into the weekend.

They are not finished in the window, either, as they have been linked with teenager Fresneda, who has earned plaudits in La Liga.

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Arsenal and Newcastle United are both pursuing the right-back, but Watts has claimed on his YouTube channel that if Fresneda does make a January move, he could still stay in Spain to develop further.

He said: “I’m not saying it will definitely be Arsenal, but if he does move to an English club, I’ve got a feeling it might end up being a loan, but I don’t know.

“It just feels like if he came to Arsenal right now, I’m not sure it’d make much sense because he’s just not going to play yet.

“He’s playing a lot in Spain, so I do wonder, if they do get a deal done for him if they might agree to send him back on loan for the remainder of the season back to Spain, back to Valladolid, where he can continue to play and then come back in the summer for Arsenal, because he’s a very talented young player.”

A loan return suits everyone

Whilst he has caught a lot of attention for his talent, Fresneda is still quite raw, with just 10 La Liga appearances in his career.

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Given the level of interest in him now, it looks likely that the Spaniard will secure a move this window, but whoever signs him should let him develop further at Valladolid.

Arsenal already have Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu at right-back, so Fresneda would not receive regular minutes if he was to join the squad now, but in the long run, he could eventually compete for a starting position, with either current Gunners full-back also able to shift to the centre in order to make room for him.