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Ferdi Kadioglu close to Arsenal move, talks underway over personal terms

Arsenal have had another promising season under manager Mikel Arteta and they have an outside chance of winning the Premier League heading into the final day of the campaign.

Regardless of what happens, the hierarchy are expected to back the Spaniard with another spending spree. A new left-back could be one of the top priorities ahead of next season.

Oleksandr Zinchenko, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jakub Kiwior have had turns starting in the position, but none of them have been consistent enough over an extended period of games.

Tomiyasu has probably been the best among the trio, but the Japanese has had injury concerns.

Belgian journalist Sacha Tavolieri now claims that the north London giants could be close to landing another left-back in the form of Ferdi Kadioglu from Fenerbahce this summer.

No talks have been held with the Turkish outfit, but talks are already ongoing on the player’s side to find an agreement on personal terms ahead of a potential transfer approach.

Kadioglu could be Zinchenko’s replacement at Arsenal

The Turkish star has the ability to play in multiple positions. He started off as an attacking midfielder and a right winger before becoming a right-back for the Istanbul giants.

The right-footed ace has since established himself from the left-back position. In the current campaign, he has registered three goals and five assists from 40 outings in the role.

Kadioglu has also impressed defensively with 5.9 duels and two tackles won per game alongside 6.6 ball recoveries. He has completed almost 87 per cent of his passes.

In our view, Arteta may ideally want someone who can be reliable on both ends of the pitch. Kadioglu could be seen as a replacement for Zinchenko, who was once his favourite.

The Ukrainian was an undisputed starter for most of last season, but he is currently the third-choice left-back behind Tomiyasu and Kiwior after his poor outing against Aston Villa.

He is the most likely candidate to make way, should Kadioglu make the switch to the Gunners.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com & Sofascore.com

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