Soyuncu wants Arsenal move after rejecting other clubs

Joe Williams

Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu says he has rejected offers in Turkey to sign for Arsenal this summer.

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been very busy in the transfer market with Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno signing, while Jack Wilshere has been released.

The Gunners are also expected to announce the signing of Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos for £16million on July 1 with Kicker claiming the Bundesliga club keen for the transfer to be included in the next set of financial results – running from July 2018.

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc though claimed yesterday that the deal had not yet been wrapped up.

Asked by German outlet Revier Sport if Papastathopoulos is poised to make the switch to Arsenal, Zorc said: “It tends to go there [the deal] that’s right. But things are not completely finalised yet.”

Arsenal though have other irons in the fire and they have made an offer, believed to be around £35million for Soyuncu, who is desperate to get the move over the line.

“It is true, Arsenal have made an offer,” Soyuncu said.

“I want Arsenal, God willing I will go to Arsenal or the Premier League but it all depends on Freiburg.

“I still have another three years on my contract. I received offers from teams in Turkey. I would not be able to give you a name, but I rejected them. I will not be returning to Turkey. I want to continue my career in Europe at the biggest clubs.”