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Fenerbahçe defender close to a summer move to Arsenal

Arsenal are reportedly close to sealing a summer move for a Fenerbahçe defender who is expected to provide competition in defence

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Arsenal are reportedly on the verge of securing a summer transfer deal for Fenerbahçe defender Ferdi Kadioglu, with sources close to the player’s camp indicating that an agreement is imminent.

The Turkish defender could be wearing the iconic red white of Arsenal next season and become a part of Mikel Arteta’s team who will be expected to challenge for multiple trophies next season.

Born in the Netherlands, the 24-year-old now plays for the Turkish national team, and has been capped 15 times since making his international debut in 2022. His potential arrival is expected to bolster Mikel Arteta’s squad as they aim to mount a serious challenge for multiple trophies.

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The 24-year-old defender has garnered attention for his impressive performances, having already amassed 15 caps for the Turkish national team since his international debut in 2022. This season, Kadioglu has featured prominently for Fenerbahçe, appearing in 47 matches across all competitions and showcasing his defensive prowess along with contributing to goals.

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Reports suggest that Arsenal scout Romain Poirot has conducted a comprehensive assessment of Kadioglu’s abilities, prompting the club to pursue the player with a proposed fee of approximately £17.1 million (€20 million). Negotiations regarding personal terms are said to be underway with the player’s representatives, although discussions with Fenerbahçe are yet to commence.

According to Sacha Tavolieri posted on X: “Sources close to Ferdi Kadıoğlu’s  confirmed Turkish left back’s close to the Gunners. Talks with player’s side already ongoing in order to find an agreement on personal terms. No talks with Fenerbahçe yet.”

NEC Nijmegen, Kadioglu’s former club, stands to benefit financially from his potential transfer. Having negotiated a resale percentage during his move to Fenerbahçe, NEC are expected to receive a substantial sum as part of the deal. Kadioglu’s meteoric rise from an attacking midfielder to a regular left-back for both club and country has garnered widespread acclaim, further enhancing his market value.

The impending transfer represents a significant milestone for Kadioglu, who has attracted interest from various Premier League clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur and Bayer Leverkusen. Arsenal’s successful pursuit of the talented left-back is seen as a strategic move to fortify their defensive lineup, particularly amid speculation surrounding the future of Oleksandr Zinchenko.

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