Arsenal target Frieburg’s highly-rated Caglar Soyuncu as Turkish reports claim Sven Mislintat ‘keen’ on Freiburg’s ‘new Puyol’

PUBLISHED: 14:20 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:20 26 June 2018

Caglar Soyuncu is a target for Arsenal. PA

Caglar Soyuncu is a target for Arsenal. PA

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The agent of Arsenal transfer target Caglar Soyuncu has denied Unai Emery is interested in signing the highly-rated £35 million defender taking the Bundesliga by storm.

Turkey's Caglar Soyuncu (centre), Turkey's goalkeeper Volkan Babacan (left) and Republic of Ireland's Sean Maguire (right) battle for the ballTurkey's Caglar Soyuncu (centre), Turkey's goalkeeper Volkan Babacan (left) and Republic of Ireland's Sean Maguire (right) battle for the ball

Reports from Turkey had suggested the Gunners were closely linked with a move for Freiburg defender Soyuncu this summer with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat also said to be keen on the player.

The 22-year-old has been impressing for Christian Streich’s side at the Scharzwald-Stadion following his signing from Altinordu for £2m on a five-year deal in 2016 where he became the club’s first Turkish international for 78 years.

The talented centre-half made his debut for Frieburg in 2016-17 and has featured in every Bundesliga match Steich’s side has played for the last two seasons – with his consistency earning him a place on the shortlist for Bundesliga ‘rookie of the year’ last term.

He has been compared to former Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels who now plys his trade at Bayern Munich.

He has also been likened to his idol Carlos Puyol as he is a strong tackler and effective in the air with a strong technique with some seasoned observers hailing him as the ‘new Puyol’.

However, Soyuncu’s agent Mustafa Dogru has rubbished any immediate hopes of the Izmir-born defender moving to London.

According to the ‘Turkish Football’ website Dogru said: “Sven Mislintat is keen on him but we are currently not in direct negotiations with the club.

“Arsenal have not held official talks with us.

“We have made it clear to Freiburg that Caglar wants to leave over the summer.

“Clubs from England, Spain and Italy have expressed an interest but they have to reach an agreement with Freiburg first.

“Playing in the Premier League is what most footballers aim for.”

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