Turkish defender Çağlar Söyüncü will sign for Leicester City from German side Freiburg for a fee believed to be around £20 million. The transfer is subject to a work permit that will be decided in the next few days. If a permit is granted then the transfer will go through, but if it doesn’t the deal will be cancelled with Leicester City paying nothing.
The Turkish defender had reportedly been close to signing for Arsenal for £35 million at the start of the transfer window yet the Foxes were able to complete the deal for a reduced fee.
The Foxes have already announced the signing of Croatian defender Filip Benković and the potential unveiling of Söyüncü will help bolster their defence, this season.
According to the somewhat-reliable sports journalist, Kike Marin, Arsenal have tabled a bid worth €100 (£89.9) million for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembélé.
The 21-year-old recently played a part in France’s success at the World Cup where they lifted the trophy for the second time. Some media outlets have claimed that the Frenchman is unhappy at Barcelona yet Dembélé decided to cut his holiday short to focus on the new season with Barça.
With just under three hours to go until the transfer window closes for English clubs, it’s fair to say that this rumour should only be taken with a pinch of salt. However, many media outlets throughout the summer have discussed Arsenal’s pursuit of the Frenchman, and this is the first time someone with some credibility has revealed an actual offer has been made.
This year, Marin has had quite a good track record when it comes to reporting on Arsenal. He was one of the first to break the news that Unai Emery would become Arsenal’s head coach and he has also correctly reported on Arsenal’s approach for the likes of Bernd Leno and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Can Arsenal pull off a deal? I highly doubt it, but it’s still strange that an actual bid has been reported by Marin. Unless he’s being hacked…
While many clubs across the country are taking part in the antics of the transfer deadline day, the same can not be said about Arsenal.
The Gunners have already made five signings this summer for a combined approximate total of £70 million but are currently in a state where they must sell players before they buy. Due to a lack of departures as well as rumours, it’s expected to be a quiet day for the Gunners.
A few days ago, it was widely reported that the Gunners were interested in signing Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida but any deal from happening has now been confirmed as ‘dead’. However, it currently seems likely that Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina will join the Turkish club before the end of the month.
The Gunners have struggled to sell their fringe players this window with the only major departure this summer being Lucas Pérez. The club have been unsuccessful in selling the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Joel Campbell, and Danny Welbeck as their wages are far too high given their ability.