In Focus: Newcastle given green light to sign Gibbs

According to Chronicle Live, Newcastle United have been given the green light to move for Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs after Sead Kolasinac made the move to the Emirates Stadium.

What’s the story?

Gibbs, 27, joined Arsenal from Wimbledon at the age of 15, and the 10-time England international has made 229 appearances for the Gunners over the last 11 seasons.

He was handed the captain’s armband for a couple of fixtures last season, but it is understood that the defender is keen on seeking pastures new in this summer’s transfer window.

According to Chronicle Live, Arsenal were initially reluctant to sell Gibbs due to their lack of cover for Nacho Monreal at left-back, but the arrival of Kolasinac, who has joined on a free transfer from Schalke 04, has meant that the situation has changed.

The same report claims that Arsenal will demand £15m for the England international, which is a figure that Championship winners Newcastle would be prepared to pay this summer.

Would Gibbs suit Newcastle?

It has been claimed that Rafael Benitez’s decision to stay as Newcastle boss was dependent on whether the club would back the Spaniard in the transfer market.

Benitez could be handed as much as £100m to improve his squad ahead of the 2017-18 campaign, and it would be fair to say that defence is an area that needs some reinforcement.

Granted, Newcastle had the joint-best defensive record in the Championship last season, but the jump from the second tier to the Premier League is significant.

Gibbs endured a frustrating 2016-17 season, but the left-back still made 22 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions, which included six Champions League matches.

His confidence has taken a hit in recent years, but the full-back has shown his longevity in the Premier League, and would certainly bring a winning mentality to the Magpies.

The world transfer record is expected to be broken this summer as clubs spend big once again, and considering the current market, £15m for a player of Gibbs’ experience would represent a good deal.