Caglar Soyuncu will not leave SC Freiburg this summer, according to his manager, despite the club’s sporting director admitting they received a bid from Arsenal.
Director Klemens Hartenbach explained that Arsenal made an approach for the young defender, but right now all the signs are that the player will remain in Germany.
“Arsenal have made made us an offer,” he said. “We assume Soyuncu will play for us next season.”
Meanwhile, Freiburg manager Christian Streich took an even harder stance on the issue. He insisted the club will not even entertain the prospect of negotiations to sign the centre-back in the current window.
“We plan to keep him,” Streich stated. “We will not sit at the negotiation table this summer.”
Turkish-Football‘s understanding of the situation is that Freiburg placed a €30m (£26.7m) valuation on the defender to keep the likes of Arsenal at bay for the time being. Soyuncu’s contract doesn’t expire until 2021, so the club can take their time and evaluate their options at this stage.
Soyuncu didn’t feature in Freiburg’s recent 3-0 pre-season win over Swansea City, as he is currently out with a muscle injury. The player’s agent has made it clear to the club that his client wants to leave this summer, but for now that doesn’t look likely to happen.
In Arsenal’s case, Soyuncu only has until next Thursday to complete a move. After that, the English window closes, and he’ll have to wait until January.