Premier League side Arsenal are edging closer to the signing of Real Vallodolid defender Ivan Fresneda, according to reports.
The Gunners have already been busy in the January transfer window with Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu missing out on the €100m signing of Mykhaylo Mudryk to Chelsea.
But Brighton forward Leandro Trossard is understood to be having a medical in north London today as they prepare to seal a £27m transfer.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano also confirmed this afternoon that Spezia centre-back Jakub Kiwior is also set to join with his medical set for the next 48 hours.
And now El Desmarque claim that they are getting closer to another signing too with Fresneda ‘authorising his agent to travel to London to negotiate his move to Arsenal’.
It is understood that Real Madrid saw it as a ‘very interesting investment’ but manager Carlo Ancelotti expressed his doubts about a potential deal for the young Spaniard.
And now the 18-year-old has said ‘goodbye’ to Real Madrid and wants to join Arsenal instead as serious negotiations begin for the player.
The Athletic recently claimed: ‘According to a source close to the player [Fresneda], Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool, Wolves, Everton, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth have all been tracking Fresneda’s progress.’
There are reports claiming that Arsenal are still looking for another attacker after signing Trossard with former Gunners midfielder Emmanuel Petit recommending Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin.
“I have a player in mind, but I’m not sure he can fit in Arteta’s system in terms of the player’s mentality,” Petit told ICE 36.
“Alan Saint-Maximin at Newcastle. Since Eddie Howe has changed his system, he prefers to play Joelinton in his position at the moment and he is playing well – he is a much better midfield player than a striker. He has benched Saint-Maximin.
“If Saint-Maximin can improve his decision-making and do the right things at the right moments, just like Martinelli, I can imagine him being a revelation at Arsenal. He has so much pace and makes the difference with the ball at his feet. One against one, he is fearless when he faces defenders.
“How will he respond to being on the bench at Newcastle? I’m pretty sure at the end of the season if his situation is the same, there will be some big talks between him and Newcastle.
“Maybe there is an opportunity for Arsenal if he is unhappy or unsettled. He is not the first name on the team sheet anymore and he was the star at the club before everything changed. Now he is on the bench. Football moves fast.”
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