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Arsenal close to completing first summer signing in £35 million deal

17 May 2018

The Gunners are reportedly closing in on the signatures of defenders Sokraits Papasthathopolous of Borussia Dortmund and Freiburg's Caglar Soyuncu as well as Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

The Telegraph reports that an agreement will soon be met between the two clubs and that it is very likely that the Turkish global will join the Gunners after the new manager joins the club.

Daily Telegraph, UK, reports that Arsenal's board have not discussed the prospect of Soyuncu's arrival with Arteta, even though the 36-year-old is the overwhelming favourite to become their new manager. The club's transfer business will now be conducted by the new-look management structure, including head of football relations, Raul Sanllehi, and Sven Mislintat, Arsenal's head of recruitment.

Arsenal have held talks with Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, but the Daily Mirror say Chelsea are in pole position to sign the 26-year-old.

Not all fans, however, are completely convinced of the wisdom of bringing in a high profile signing without first having the manager's consent.

And that could suggest former Gunners player Mikel Arteta could be appointed the new manager instead of a more established boss such as Max Allegri. Along with this, the retiring of Per Mertesacker and the uncertainty surrounding Hector Bellerin may leave Arsenal lacking depth at the back and in need of a new set of legs.

Soyuncu's potential arrival at the Emirates could be just what is needed in the Gunners' efforts to add fresh impetus, solidarity and numbers to their defensive ranks ahead of next season.

Arsenal close to completing first summer signing in £35 million deal