By our reckoning that’s about €75 million, we’ve spent so far, already exceeding our reported £50 million budget for the summer. And yet, we’re still being linked with more signings. Perhaps we’re planning to fund more moves by selling Lucas Perez and a goalkeeper or two?
Argentina international Ever Banega, a player who has worked with Unai Emery before, is being tipped as an addition to the midfield, while Caglar Soyuncu, the young Turkish centre-back, continues to garner headlines.
The latter has again confirmed that he’s been contacted by the Gunners and revealed he’s interested in moving to the Emirates.
“I hope I go to Arsenal,” he’s quoted as saying by Turkish publication Gunes.
“I really want to play in the Premier League, but everything depends on the team. I have a contract [at Freiburg] for three more years.”
The 22-year-old started his career at homeland side Altinordu before moving to the Bundesliga. He’s been contacted about a return to Turkey, but for now his focus is on sealing a move to a bigger European club.
“Yes, I received bids from some of the teams in Turkey,” he confirmed.
“I would not be able to give the team a name, but I did not accept it. I do not think about playing in Turkey at the moment. I want to continue my career in Europe, but of course, we do not know what will happen in the future.
“One day I wear the uniform of a Turkish club, but this is not necessarily the time. My current goal is to achieve greater achievements in a larger team.”
Media reports suggest Soyuncu could command a fee as high as €35m – that could well prove to be a sticking point. We’ll see…