Arsenal have reportedly been told that they will have to pay £18m to sign Croatia international Josip Sutalo from Dinamo Zagreb this summer.
The Premier League club’s lack of depth has been exposed in recent weeks. Their first-choice players have been superb this season but some of their backup options are not good enough.
Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba have been sensational for the Gunners this season, but with the France international out injured, Rob Holding has played of late.
The Englishman was heavily criticised after he was exposed by Erling Haaland in the 4-1 loss to Man City and he was replaced by Jakub Kiwior earlier this week as Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-1.
Gunners legend Ian Wright thinks it was “unfair” for Mikel Arteta to drop Holding for the Chelsea game.
“I think [Arteta] has been a bit unfair on Rob Holding,” Wright said on Premier League Productions. “He is somebody who hasn’t had a lot of minutes.”
Holding may leave Arsenal this summer as they will be looking to sign a new centre-back. The Evening Standard are reporting that they ‘are tracking Croatia defender Josip Sutalo’.
‘The Gunners want to upgrade their backline for next season’ and they are also ‘keeping tabs’ on Crystal Palace star Marc Guehi. The report adds.
‘Sutalo has caught the eye of a number of clubs around Europe with his performances for Dinamo Zagreb and is expected to be on the move
‘Standard Sport understands Dinamo are likely to demand around £18million for Sutalo and, while no formals talks have taken place, Arsenal are scouting him as they weigh up their defensive options.
‘Palace are likely to demand a significant fee for Guehi, given he is an England international and has three years left on his contract at Selhurst Park.’