'I know they are interested in me': Arsenal £35m target Caglar Soyuncu reveals talks over a move will continue on his return from international duty
- Caglar Soyuncu admits Arsenal have shown an interest in signing him
- Turkish defender says talks will resume when he returns from international duty
- It could be first signing under Unai Emery in new look structure at Emirates
By Michael Searles For Mailonline
Published: 10:30 EDT, 27 May 2018 | Updated: 10:48 EDT, 27 May 2018
One of Arsenal's key targets this summer has given an update on his potential move to the Premier League.
Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu has claimed that Arsenal have shown an interest in him and discussions over a move will continue in the coming weeks.
The Turkish defender has caught the eye of Arsenal's head of recruitment Sven Mislintat since his arrival in the Bundesliga two years ago.
Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu has revealed Arsenal are interested in signing him
Talking to Turkish media, Soyuncu said: 'Arsenal are one of the most important clubs in England. I know they're interested in me, but there's nothing finalised yet about my transfer.
'After the national team camp we'll have talks.'
The 22-year-old is currently away on international duty, with Turkey scheduled to play friendlies against Iran, Tunisia and Russia. The last of which will take place on June 5.
Talks with Arsenal are then set to continue as the Gunners chase down their first signing of the summer.
Soyuncu is on international duty with Turkey and says talks will continue when he returns
It will also be the first signing made under Arsenal's new look structure. With Mislintat, head of football relations Saul Ranellhi and new boss Unai Emery all involved.
But Arsenal's interest in the defender long preceded Emery's appointment, showing how the dynamics at the Emirates have shifted.
Freiburg rate their young centre-back at around £35m, but with Arsenal's widely reported transfer budget of just £50m, there is still a lot of negotiating to do.
Soyuncu cost Freiburg just £2.4m when they bought him from second-tier Turkish side Altinordu in 2016.
Arsenal are also reportedly close to signing veteran right-back, Stephan Lichtsteiner, who is available on a free after leaving Juventus.
He will be Arsenal's first signing of the summer and the first under Unai Emery's reign