Arsenal open transfer talks for highly-rated Real Madrid full-back but Zidane holds option
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is looking to strengthen his defensive options in the summer and the north London club have contacted Real Madrid about the availability of Sergio Reguilon. However, the Gunners are one of several teams interested in the left-back and any transfer decision requires the authorisation of boss Zinedine Zidane.
Reguilon is currently on loan at Sevilla and the 23-year-old has been impressive this season in La Liga.
He has become a regular starter for boss Julen Lopetegui and has scored one goal and provided four assists in 22 league games.
Arsenal have registered their interest in the youngster with Real, but according to Spanish publication ABC Sevilla, they are one of 10 clubs who are tracking the promising full-back.
And while Sevilla would like him to return on loan again next season, they might struggle to compete with the financial might of Arsenal, Tottenham, Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund.
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Arteta is looking at the left-back position in particular as he has had to rely on 18-year-old Bukayo Saka playing out of position in the role for large parts of this campaign.
And while the teenager has been one of the few bright sparks for the Gunners this season, after scoring three goals and providing nine assists, there is uncertainty about his future at the club.
Saka is currently on £3,000-a-week contract that is due to end in 2021 and the club have yet to reach an agreement over a new deal, despite being in talks with the teenager’s representatives.
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However, the Gunners’ pursuit of Reguilon is not simple either, as Los Blancos president Florentino Perez has insisted that a decision about the player’s future at the club lies with Zidane.
The report claims the Frenchman intends to assess Reguilon’s development in pre-season training and will then decide on his future at the Bernabeu.
However, if he is not part of Zidane’s squad next season, Real would be open to sending him out on loan with a purchase option included in the deal.
Such a scenario would be beneficial to Arsenal, who like most clubs are feeling the financial impact of the current suspension of football.
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Earlier this month, Arteta admitted he has several plans when it comes to the Gunners’ summer transfer targets.
“I’m planning two or three different scenarios that we can face,” Arteta told Sky Sports.
“Depending on one of those three, we will be able to do more, less or nothing.
“We have to react daily. We don’t know what the financial situation is going to be, we don’t know the rules, the timing, the window.
“There are so many things we cannot control at the moment.”
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