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Arsenal director, Sven Mislintat has identified a long-term replacement for Nacho Monreal as one of four positions he wants to strengthen this summer.
Faouzi Ghoulam is a 27-year-old centre-back, and probably a bit more expensive, but he’s an option to come in and immediately replace Monreal in the first team, taking the pressure off Kolašinac.
The media reports linked the Algerian left-back with Gunners a lot last year, before the club eventually signed the Bosnian instead.
Then, in February, the Italian media reported that the main reason behind Napoli extending Ghoulam’s contract to 2022 was that they’d heard of interest from Arsenal. They were trying to “avoid any surprises” in the January window.
The 27-year-old new deal has a €35m (£31m) release clause, which still isn’t a crazy amount to pay in today’s market.
When available, Ghoulam has shown a lot of quality, and helped Napoli to 10 wins in 11 matches at the start of the league season. The only thing holding Arsenal back would be his current injury problems, as he’s yet to return from his cruciate ligament rupture in November.
We’ll see how he recovers in the final month of the season.