Arsenal have been linked with more players than any of their rivals, but this is expected as the club prepare to bring in a successor for Arsene Wenger.
If reports making the rounds in the major British tabloid is anything to go by, then Arsenal are on the verge of completing a triple swoop for Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Caglar Soyuncu.
The aforementioned names have featured prominently in the media wave of Arsenal as the club prepares to overhaul their leaky defense. Arsenal defense were in shambles for the whole part of last season and whoever takes over at Arsenal will have to fix that aspect of the squad.
The Sun reports that Arsenal head of recruitment is responsible for player’s search and he is out to ensure the deals are completed even before the appointment of a new manager.
Arsenal’s quest for landing a new manager appears to be failing – it is said that the Gunners are looking to appoint a manager with the designation of a head coach while Mislintat manages the unearthing and rebuilding of the squad. This is said to be the major turn off for the likes of Massimiliano Allegri and Luis Enrique, who would love to be given a free hand in player’s recruitment.
Following his spell with Borrussia Dortmund, it is claimed by the report that Mislintat is familiar with the three target currently on the radar of Arsenal.
It was Mislintat that signed Papastathopoulos from Werder Bremen for Dortmund and his £15m valuation has appealed to Arsenal greatly. He has just a year left on his current contract.
Meanwhile, Leno would cost Arsenal only £25m and the Shot-stopper is keen on move to Arsenal as they continue to search for a replacement for Cech.
Soyuncu has impressed with Freiburg since joining them two seasons ago in a £2m deal. He is currently valued at £35m. But the rising star is also linked with a move to Manchester City.