Reports from Turkey reveal that Premier League giants, Arsenal, are going to hold negotiations with Turkish giants, Besiktas, regarding a transfer of Croatian defender, Domagoj Vida.
The Gunners were earlier reported by the Sun to be preparing a bid of around £25 million to acquire the services of the Croatian wall. However, Arsenal will need to sell the likes of Shokdran Mustafi, David Ospina or Danny Welbeck to generate funds for the deal.
Nevertheless, recent reports from Turkish outlet AMK Newspaper claim that Besiktas are not willing to let go off Vida that easily.
The Turkish giants already sold goal-keeper Fabri to Fulham last month, which means they have a void in the goal-keeper spot. With that being said, Besiktas are interested in including Arsenal’s goal-keeper David Ospina.
David Ospina has fallen further down the pecking order after German star Bernd Leno joined the Gunners this summer from Bayer Leverkusen.
Along with Ospina, Besiktas are also reportedly looking to add striker Danny Welbeck to the deal and include some cash as well. That deal seams unfavourable for the Gunners, who will hold talks with the Turkish club to negotiate.
It is reported by ESPN that new manager Unai Emery has been stressing upon a good defensive squad, having already made five signings this summer to boost Arsenal’s defense.
Domagoj Vida impressed immensely in Croatia’s run to the final of the World Cup this past summer in Russia, attracting several European giants. The 29-year-old played six out of seven matches for Croatia, scoring in the quarter-final as well.
However, if Arsenal are to sign Vida, they might have to put the foot on the gas, and generate funds for the deal. The transfer deadline of August 9 is approaching, and it will be interesting to see whether the Gunners can pull this deal off.