Arsenal would need Caglar Soyuncu to get up to speed quickly

As reported by The Mirror, Arsenal are interested in signing Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu this summer.

What’s the story?

The Gunners’ defensive line is arguably where most of the club’s transfer work needs to be done when the window opens, with any incoming manager having to stem the tide of goals they concede on a regular basis.

One player that could arrive at the Emirates Stadium is Freiburg centre-back Caglar Soyuncu.

That’s according to The Mirror, who say the club have already opened talks with the German side about signing him, as part of a three-signing strategy to replace Shkodran Mustafi and the injured Laurent Koscielny.

Soyuncu is rated at £10.8m by Transfermarkt.

Who is he?

Still just 21 years of age, Soyuncu moved to the Bundesliga last season and has already made over 50 appearances for Freiburg, emerging as one of the most talented young centre-backs in the division.

At 6ft 2in, he has a strong physical presence and the ball-playing ability that would allow how to fit into the way Arsenal play under Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal investing in a younger defender makes sense but they would really need Soyuncu to settle in immediately given their need for first-team centre-backs.

The Gunners conceded more goals than any other side in the top seven of the English Premier League this season.

Many signings have arrived and failed to make an impact so signing a 21-year-old instead of an established, elite defender will be seen as a risk, but it’s one that could pay dividends given the potential the Turkish international has.