Arsenal have joined the race for Denzel Dumfries, with Mikel Arteta targetting a new right-back to bolster his defence.
According to Football Insider, Arsenal have set sights on Denzel Dumfries and wants to add the defender next summer. Inter Milan’s financial troubles could force them to sell the 26-year-old Manchester United target, with several other sides keen on the Dutchman.
Mikel Arteta could make some interesting tweaks to his team in the off-season. The Arsenal boss has long wanted to bring variety to his full-back options. A few changes could come through in the summer, with a right back likely to arrive.
Ben White has been the undisputed option at right-back this season as Arsenal races towards the Premier League title. Arteta has used the English defender in an inverted role, as the team does not have an out-and-out option.
As Arsenal will likely play in the Champions League next season, Arteta wants a different option. Meanwhile, the Gunners could sell Kieran Tierney, and Takehiro Tomiyasu can take over the deputy role at left-back. Hence, they would need a new right back to arrive.
The Gunners remain linked with Ivan Fresneda, who has impressed with Real Valladolid. While the Spaniard remains an option, his inexperience could prove a major stumbling block for Arteta to use him regularly. Now, Arsenal have reportedly entered the chase for Denzel Dumfries.
Dumfries has been impressive since signing for Inter Milan two summers ago. He has the attacking qualities for a full-back that many sides need. The Nerrazurri know about the widespread interest from English clubs, and their financial conditions could force a sale.
Inter reportedly wants £40-50 million for Dumfries and considers the price reasonable in today’s market. The asking rate may have fallen from January when they demanded nearly £60 million for the 26-year-old Manchester United target.
Manchester United are also keen on the defender. Erik ten Hag may end up selling Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer, and the manager admires Dumfries. There could be a race for the 26-year-old after the season, as even Chelsea were previously interested.
As for Arsenal, Dumfries could provide an attacking impetus they lack from full-backs. He could prove a good option if Arteta decides on a proper full-back to give the team variety in games. They will negotiate to bring the price down, but Inter will demand a significant number.
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