Arsenal had a ‘transfer meeting set’ with another Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Arsenal has already begun to prepare for a hectic summer transfer season.
Ivan Fresneda, an Arsenal transfer target, is said to have set a meeting with his advisors to discuss all of his options ahead of the summer transfer window. Last month, the Arsenal were extensively connected with a move for the defender, but they were unable to reach an agreement with Real Valladolid for his services.
This season, Fresneda has thrived in La Liga, putting in great performances against some of the division’s most difficult wingers. With his ability to get forward and be a threat in the final third, the 18-year-old has emerged as one of Spain’s most sought-after players.
Long-term admirers of the right-back include Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, and Newcastle, who all expressed interest in him in January, though Juventus has joined the battle to recruit him. According to the Evening Standard, the Serie A club has been watching his growth and is impressed with his progression.
As things stand, no team is leading the battle for the defender, with Fresneda planning to meet with his agents at the end of the season to discuss his choices. Until then, the youthful star must continue to exhibit his skillset in the La Liga in aim of landing a ‘big move’.
Valladolid were willing to accept bids in the area of £13 million for the right-back in January, but they are confident that increased interest will result in bids worth twice that amount, with his release clause of £26.5 million also an option for those unwilling to start a bidding war.
Fresneda has demonstrated in recent weeks why Arsenal wants to sign him to a long-term contract by playing as an inverted fullback and stepping into midfield to produce overloads and influence play in possession. Oleksandr Zinchenko now excels in such capacity on Arsenal’s left side, and Mikel Arteta wants his right-back to have the same skill set.
Ben White has spent the season at the Emirates Stadium as a right-back, naturally sliding into a central defensive position when Zinchenko drives forward, although he is not as influential with the ball at his feet as his Ukrainian teammate. Takehiro Tomiyasu has filled in for the former Brighton man, causing Cedric Soares to be loaned out to Fulham.
It remains to be seen whether Fresneda believes he has a clear road to breaking into Arsenal’s starting eleven due to the strength of their right-back depth, or if negotiations with the player might lead to him becoming Arteta’s next signing.