Arsenal closing in on new defender but willing to let another leave – transfer latest

Arsenal are reportedly closing in on the signing of Italian defender Riccardo Calafiori.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano says personal terms have been agreed with the Italy international, who helped Bologna to Champions League qualification last season.

He adds that the club are pushing to get the deal done this week having agreed on a contract until 2029.

Calafiori’s expected arrival could mean the departure of another defender in Jakub Kiwior, however.

According to a report from Mail Sport, the Gunners are willing to let the Polish international leave and will listen to permanent offers for the 24-year-old while are also open to letting him go out on loan.

It looks set to be a busy summer for manager Mikel Arteta and sporting director Edu Gaspar, with Arsenal having also approached Wolves over a move for goalkeeper Dan Bentley.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein reports that the Gunners have expressed an interest in bringing in the 30-year-old but that Wolves will only sell if there is a “suitable” bid.

Elsewhere, Sky Sports say that Manchester United are confident of completing a deal to sign Bologna striker Joshua Zirkzee.

United have reportedly made it clear that they will meet his £34m release clause and that extensive talks have taken place with Zirkzee’s representatives, with a “broad agreement” on terms with the player.

Fabrizio Romano also says United are close to agreeing a move for Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt, though fans of the German side have expressed their anger with the reports with Sky Germany claiming 60,000 people have signed a petition calling on the club to keep the Netherlands international.

The Sun, meanwhile, say both Manchester United and Arsenal are set for a £30m war over Ajax striker Brian Brobbey.


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