Arsenal open talks over £12m deal to sign South American as Emery eyes 2nd signing
Arsenal have opened talks with Gremio over a potential deal to sign £12m-rated centre-back Walter Kannemann this summer, according to reports
Managers are working hard trying to strengthen their squads during the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Here, Arsenal are linked with Walter Kannemann….
Arsenal have opened talks with Gremio over a potential deal to sign £12m-rated centre-back Walter Kannemann this summer, according to reports in Brazil via the Metro.
Unai Emery is desperately trying to strengthen his squad after a frustrating season that saw us miss out on the Champions League and defence is a particular area of concern after we conceded 51 goals in the Premier League last year.
We need another commanding centre-back as Shkodran Mustafi has been a poor signing since arriving from Valencia while Laurent Koscielny has just one year left on his contract and is being linked with a move away this summer.
At least one of the duo may leave the Emirates over the coming weeks so a replacement will be needed and the Metro are citing a report from Globo Esporte that claims Arsenal have identified Kannemann as a potential signing.
The Metro says Arsenal have been tracking the 28-year-old for some time having been linked with a move back in January and it looks like we’ve now stepped-up our interest in singing the centre-back this summer.
Brazilian publication Globo Esporte claims negotiations are under way with Gremio over a deal for Kannemann and the Brazilian outfit are ready to do business if Arsenal put a bid of £12m on the table.
That kind of money will be tempting for Arsenal as Emery is working on a tight budge and Kannemann will be a cheaper alternative compared to the likes of Samuel Umtiti and William Saliba – who’ve also been linked in recent weeks.
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However, we’ll face competition for the Argentinean international as the report says Wolves are also showing a keen interest in signing Kannemann so we’ll have to wait and see whether he’ll become our second summer signing following the arrival of Gabriel Martinelli.
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