Arsenal’s board have not consulted Manchester City assistant coach, Mikel Arteta over signing Freiburg centre-back, Caglar Soyuncu.
The Emirates club are planning their summer transfers and have made a start on negotiations for Soyuncu, despite not having ex-Gunners manager, Arsene Wenger’s successor officially in place.
However, Arteta is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger and his appointment could now be confirmed before the 2018 World Cup in Russia starts on June 14.
The Spaniard and his representatives on Tuesday held advanced negotiations with Arsenal’s hierarchy and are at a stage where backroom staff and financial packages are being discussed.
Daily Telegraph, UK, reports that Arsenal’s board have not discussed the prospect of Soyuncu’s arrival with Arteta, even though the 36-year-old is the overwhelming favourite to become their new manager.
According to the newspaper, Soyuncu is high on Arsenal’s shortlist and the Gunners are prepared to spend £35 million on the 21-year-old.
The reports also claims that Arsenal’s decision to not consult Arteta would suggest that the North London club are heavily reliant on the calls made by their head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, who is behind the club’s efforts to sign Soyuncu from the Bundesliga side.