Confirmed: Arsenal Working on Deal for 21-year-old La Liga Wing-back

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Arsenal are one of the clubs chasing 21-year-old Getafe left wing-back Marc Cucurella, according to reports in Spain.

Cadena Cope (via Football-Espana) report that Cucurella is on the radar of a number of clubs this summer, including Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. In Spain, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid are after him. Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach are watching from Germany.

Cucurella is performing well this season in a surprisingly strong Getafe side. They sit fifth in the table, one point off third, and the wing-back is up to 32 appearances. He has one goal and five assists in those matches.

Getafe are also currently competing in the Europa League along with Arsenal. They’re leading Ajax 2-0 in their first knockout tie.

The player’s situation is a bit complicated though. For now, he’s only on loan at Getafe from Barcelona. The La Liga club have a purchase option though, and they’re planning to activate it. For all intents and purposes, he’s essentially their player now.

At that point, Cucurella would have a €25m release clause, with Barcelona taking 40% of the proceeds from it. From the looks of things, one club or another will activate that clause this summer.

The media first linked Arsenal to a move for Cucurella all the way back in 2017. A lot has changed since then, but with Sead Kolasinac’s injury problems and inability to nail down a spot under Mikel Arteta, the club could move for a left-back next window.

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