Arsenal eye former Chelsea defender to bolster backline: report
Arsenal want to strengthen their defence within the upcoming summer season switch home windows, and studies recommend they’ve been holding an in depth eye on a centre-back in Serie A.
The Gunners have struggled since William Saliba suffered a again damage towards Sporting Lisbon within the Europa League final 16 in March, squandering two-goal results in each Liverpool and West Ham United, earlier than conceding three targets at house to bottom-side Southampton.
Saliba was additionally lacking as Manchester Metropolis convincingly struck 4 targets previous them on the Etihad Stadium – certainly, Arsenal have didn’t maintain a clear sheet within the seven Premier League video games since shedding the Frenchman.
Rob Holding has deputised throughout nearly all of the interval since, however towards Chelsea on Tuesday evening Mikel Arteta determined to play January signing Jakub Kiwior at proper centre-back as an alternative.
Clearly, Arsenal are intent on bolstering their defensive choices in the summertime, and, in response to 90min, the membership have despatched scouts to look at former Chelsea centre-back Fikayo Tomori.
Scouts watched Tomori in Milan’s 1-1 draw with Roma final Saturday, however he solely managed 45 minutes after selecting up an damage which required him to be substituted.
The 25-year-old has impressed since transferring to Italy, serving to the Rossoneri attain the Champions League semi-finals this season. It’s thought that Tomori is eager on a return to England to spice up his possibilities of reaching the nationwide crew squad for Euro 2024, and Arsenal might present the best resolution for a switch.
The Gunners will face competitors from Newcastle United for the signature of the defender, although, as they put together for all times within the Champions League subsequent season, too. Manchester United are additionally eager on Tomori, having despatched scouts to the identical recreation Arsenal attended.
Transfermarkt presently values Fikayo Tomori at £40 million – he moved from Chelsea to AC Milan in the summertime of 2021 for £25 million.