Arsenal monitoring Real Madrid’s Miguel Gutierrez

ESP: Miguel Ortega Gutierrez of Real Madrid during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Villarreal CF played at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium on May 22, 2021, in Madrid, Spain. Copyright: Ruben Albarran / Pressinphoto
ESP: Miguel Ortega Gutierrez of Real Madrid during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Villarreal CF played at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium on May 22, 2021, in Madrid, Spain. Copyright: Ruben Albarran / Pressinphoto

Arsenal are monitoring Real Madrid 19-year-old left-back Miguel Gutierrez, hoping to take advantage of Real’s congestion in the position.

ESP: Miguel Ortega Gutierrez of Real Madrid during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Villarreal CF played at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium on May 22, 2021, in Madrid, Spain. Copyright: Ruben Albarran / Pressinphoto
ESP: Miguel Ortega Gutierrez of Real Madrid during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Villarreal CF played at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium on May 22, 2021, in Madrid, Spain. Copyright: Ruben Albarran / Pressinphoto

The Athletic report that Arsenal are yet to make a decision on a backup left-back signing this summer, and one player they’re monitoring is Real Madrid’s Miguel Gutierrez.

Gutierrez reportedly has a €40m release clause, and is a very highly-rated prospect at his current club. But Florentino Perez appears to be keen to keep Marcelo and Ferland Mendy, cutting off the teenager’s chances of regular games.

Real considered loans last summer, but after convincing him to stay he only played for them six times throughout the entire season.

Arsenal have obviously just signed Kieran Tierney up to a new long-term deal, so it’s not as if Gutierrez would have a starting spot here either.

But he’d have a much better shot at the backup role, playing cup competitions and taking over as a starter whenever Tierney is out. Even that role is a long shot at Real Madrid at the moment.

It’s not entirely clear from The Athletic’s article whether Arsenal would be looking at a loan or a permanent move for the Spanish u19 international. It could well depend on what other business they’re able to do this summer.