Foot Mercato revealed earlier today that Arsenal are interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain defender Thilo Kehrer this summer.
The Gunners are looking for reinforcements at centre-half and at right-back. Both positions are high on Mikel Arteta’s list of priorities and Arsenal have been linked with a whole host of names already. Kehrer is the latest and he’s a very interesting option.
The German joined the French giants for a staggering £33 million in 2018. (Goal) Kehrer is a hugely talented player who has the potential to become one of the best defenders in Europe in a few years, but his chances of regular game time in Paris don’t look great at the moment.
Sergio Ramos and Achraf Hakimi’s arrival will surely push him down the pecking order, and as a result, he could well be available on the market this summer.
Arsenal are reportedly monitoring the situation. We definitely need a new centre-half and a new right-back, and in Kehrer, we could sign a player who can play in both of those positions and more.
Arteta and Edu are yet to make a move for Kehrer. There could be doubts about the PSG man’s ability to play in the Premier League, but those concerns will definitely go away if the Arsenal bosses listen to Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel’s verdict.
Tuchel: Every coach would love to have Arsenal target Thilo Kehrer
Tuchel told PSG’s official website in August 2018: “Thilo is a very committed player, very professional. I like his personality, he already has a certain maturity as he’s captain of Germany’s Under-21 side.
“He’s quick, able to play in any of the four positions at the back, is two-footed, and can even play as a defensive midfielder. He’s the sort of player any coach would like to have.”
Kehrer has just two years left on his contract and if there ever is a time to strike a deal, it’s now. His versatility will give Arteta a number of options, and the fact that he will struggle for game time in Paris could well open the door for a move to Arsenal this summer.
It will be interesting to see how this pans out in the coming weeks. Mauricio Pochettino is the type of manager who loves working with young players. Kehrer is definitely one of them, but new signings could force the former Spurs boss to push the German out of the door.