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Report: Arsenal interested in 6’5” Premier League defender who Arteta knows well

Arsenal are reportedly interested in Fulham centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo, who is keen to leave the west London club following their relegation down to the Championship.

According to the Athletic, the Gunners are one of many clubs in both England around Europe who are interested in signing the 6’5” defender this summer, with the report stating that Adarabioyo is open to leaving Craven Cottage after making 34 Premier League appearances this season, with the 23-year-old familiar with Mikel Arteta who coached the centre-back during their time together with Manchester City.

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The Manchester Evening News report that Fulham signed Adarabioyo for just £2m last summer on a three-year deal, though it is not believed that the young defender has a relegation clause in his contract, meaning Scott Parker’s side cans et their price on the 23-year-old centre-back.

Arsenal are set to be in the market for a new defender this summer, with the Daily Mail reporting that David Luiz is set to leave the north London club once his contract runs up in a few weeks, with Fabrizio Romano claiming on the Here We Go podcast that the Gunners will look to replace the veteran centre-back in the transfer window.

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With David Luiz set to end his two-year stay with the Gunners this summer, a new centre-back could well be on the agenda for Arteta. However, a new defender could be a poor transfer decision for Arsenal given that both William Saliba and Konstantinos Mavropanos are both returning from their loan spells in the next few weeks.

The two young centre-backs have impressed at OGC Nice and VfB Stuttgart respectively, and although Fulham could allow Adarabioyo to leave this summer for cheap, Arsenal should be focussing on signing players who will improve the first-team squad greatly in areas that the Gunners are lacking quality in, and given this rationale, the centre-back positions are fine as they are.

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