Arsenal in pole position to sign Real Valladolid defender Ivan Fresneda after moving ahead of Newcastle in the race for his signature… with the Gunners looking to replace Cedric Soares before allowing him to join Fulham
- Arsenal are now ahead of Newcastle in the race to sign Ivan Fresneda
- The Real Valladolid has held talks with Arsenal and Newcastle in recent days
- The 18-year-old’s agent is set to have more talks with Arsenal over the weekend
- Arsenal want to bring in a right-back before allowing Cedric Soares to leave
Arsenal have moved ahead of Newcastle in the race to sign right-back Ivan Fresneda from Real Valladolid.
Newcastle held talks with the teenage defender earlier this week, but a move to the Emirates Stadium now appears more likely.
Fresneda‘s agents are due to conduct further talks in London next week ahead of a potential £8.8m move.
Arsenal have moved ahead of Newcastle in the race to sign Ivan Fresneda (above)
Mikel Arteta is keen to add to his squad for the transfer window closes at the end of the month
Real Madrid have also been tracking the 18-year-old, who initially came through the Spanish club’s academy, but Fresneda is edging nearer to a switch to north London.
Should Fresneda complete his move to Arsenal, this could open the door for Cedric Soares to join Fulham, with Arsenal currently holding off on allowing the Portuguese international to leave while they find a replacement.
The final days of the transfer window promise to be busy for the Gunners after they added Leandro Trossard to their squad on Friday.
Cedric Soares could be allowed to join Fulham if Fresneda moves to Arsenal
Trossard has finalised his £27m transfer from Brighton and is available to play against Manchester United on Sunday.
Mikel Arteta’s side are also pursuing a £20m move for Spezia centre-back Jakub Kiwior as the Arsenal boss looks to bolster his backline to boost his team’s title push.
Central midfield is another area that Arteta wants to strengthen, and Arsenal have shown tentative interest in a loan for Real Madrid’s Eduardo Camavinga.
Getting a deal over the line could be difficult, though, with the Spanish side keen to keep the France international as it stands.