Arsenal taking concrete steps to sign Ferdi Kadioglu, personal terms agreed

Arsenal are taking ‘concrete steps’ to sign Fenerbahce defender Ferdi Kadioglu this summer, according to Turkish outlet Milliyet.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with the Turkey international over recent weeks and it was recently reported that discussions were underway over personal terms.

Milliyet (page 16) now reveal that there is an agreement with the full-back and his agent, and the Gunners will soon sit at the table with Fenerbahce to sort a transfer fee.

The source claim that Mikel Arteta’s side will require at least £17 million to sign Kadioglou. Meanwhile, Takvim recently cited that the Yellow Canaries want £26m for him.

Kadioglu could replace Zinchenko at Arsenal

The 24-year-old started off his career as an attacking midfielder and a right winger before moving into the right-back role. He has since established himself from the left-back position.

The right-footed ace has impressed with his ability to invert and make line-breaking passes. He has managed eight goal contributions from 42 appearances at left-back this term.

Kadioglu has also caught the eye with his defensive displays. He has won six duels per game alongside two tackles and almost seven recoveries. He has also won 62 per cent of his dribbles.

The Turkish star would provide the perfect balance in attack and defence from left-back for Arsenal. Oleksandr Zinchenko could be the player to make way for his arrival at the club.

The Ukrainian had a difficult second half to the season where he was the third-choice left-back behind Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jakub Kiwior amid his tendency to lose cheap possession.

His performances were below-par compared to his debut campaign. The 27-year-old, who was once a favourite under manager Mikel Arteta, could be sold with the vast options at left-back.

Jurrien Timber, who was injured for most of the season, can also be deployed in the role if required.

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