Arsenal held negotiations with €20m-rated Serie A defender

Arsenal have identified Sassuolo defender Mert Muldur as their pick to replace Hector Bellerin this summer and are set to table an opening offer of £10m for the right-back.

Turkey international came through the ranks at Austrian club Rapid Vienna and went on to play close to 50 first-team games for the club before switching to Sassuolo in the summer of 2019. Since arriving in Italy, the young full-back hasn’t always been a regular starter but has seen a fair amount of game time, with 54 games in two years, in which he has two goals and four assists.

Mert was also part of Turkey’s ill-fated UEFA Euro 2020 season, where he featured at left-back on occasions, highlighting his versatility. Muldur has seemingly done enough during his time in Italy to convince one of the biggest teams in England to take a punt on him as the Gunners are now lining up a move for the Turkish defender.

The Gunners are in the market for a new right-back this summer as Hector Bellerin’s time at the London club is fast approaching an end. The Spanish defender has been heavily linked with an exit, with Serie A champions Inter Milan touted to be his next destination.

Should the former Barcelona academy trainee depart, the Spanish manager will be left short on options in the right-back slot. Cedric Soares hasn’t quite convinced during his time at Arsenal, whereas Calum Chambers, despite impressing at right-back at the backend of the last campaign, is not a natural in the position.

So, bringing in a new natural full-back on the right side becomes imperative for the Gunners, who have already strengthened their left-back slot with the signing of Nuno Tavares.