First Summer Deal- £53m Bid For Per Mertesacker’s Replacement Done

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Arsenal might be one of the busiest clubs in the upcoming summer transfer window. They have lost Arsene Wenger and are yet to replace him, but that has not stopped the club from scouting for players who can improve their side next season.

One of the most unfailing defenders in Serie A for more than a year now, Senegalese international Koulibaly has been a transfer target for Arsenal for quite some time now. Also linked with a move to Chelsea, Koulibaly is reportedly valued at £53m, with Napoli ready to sell at the right price.

And an exclusive from The Express now claims that Arsenal have made him their top transfer target for this summer and are ready to meet his valuation.

The Gunners will lose Per Mertesacker this summer and will also not see Laurent Koscielny for last the first few months of the next season.

Shkodran Mustafi has not filled the fans or the manager will confidence and cannot be the first choice next season, leaving Arsenal with Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Kostas Konstantinos Mavropanos as the only options for the two defensive roles for the start of the next campaign.

It is only logical Arsenal head of recruitment will need to sign more than one centre-back and Koulibaly is as good an option at any. At £53m, he is hardly overpriced for this inflated transfer market and at just 26, he can walk into the first team and will solve this problem for years to come.

With 22 international appearances for Senegal, Koulibaly is an established defender but do you think he is the right man for Arsenal?

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