In Arsenal’s worst-case scenario, if the Premier League season does not go to completion and a ninth place finish is confirmed, the club could be left with very little to work with in the transfer market. According to Charles Watts, Arsenal’s correspondent for Goal.com, missing out on the Champions League and Europa League would mean the club would have to focus largely on “clever deals”, free transfers, and loan deals.
Speaking of clever deals, Arsenal have been linked with a number of wingers who could be available this summer for little to nothing. Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser is set to leave on a free transfer when his contract expires, and has been repeatedly linked with Arsenal since last year, but recent reports suggest that Tottenham may be his preferred destination.
The latest to be linked with Arsenal is Roma’s 22-year-old Turkish winger, Cengiz Under. Italian paper Leggo report that Under has been under Arsenal’s radar for a long time, and Roma are extremely keen on keeping Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is on loan from Arsenal, so a swap deal could just work out.
In fact, Under was linked with Arsenal last year. Roma then valued him at €40 million amid interest from Arsenal and Bayern Munich. The Turkish winger ended up staying and signing a contract extension until 2023, which saw his salary increase significantly.
At the moment, Roma are “cautiously optimistic” about holding onto Mkhitaryan, who left Arsenal in the summer of 2019 to play in the Serie A, and went on to score 6 goals in the 19-20 season. For Roma, the alternative to making Mkhitaryan’s deal permanent would be extending the loan by one year. Arsenal value Mkhitaryan at around €20 million, with both the player and his agent Mino Raiola preferring to remain in Rome.
According to the report, with Roma keen to engineer the swap, a deal could be reached if Arsenal offer €10 million in addition to Mkhitaryan.
He plays primarily on the right wing. He joined in 2017 and settled quickly, becoming the youngest Turkish player to net a goal in the Champions League in early 2018. He has been quite regular too, making 26 Serie A appearances in both ther 17/18 and 18/19 seasons.
Header Photo: Clément Bucco-Lechat, 2014