Arsenal and Newcastle United are the latest clubs to enter the race for Real Valladolid right-back Ivan Fresneda, according to a report.
Matteo Moretto reports for Relevo that Real Valladolid are open to the possible sale of Ivan Fresneda in the January market, with Arsenal and Newcastle United entering the scene with great force.
The two Premier League clubs are reportedly very insistent, and the current favourites for a move. Juventus have also moved decisively for the right-back, whilst Inter and AC Milan have made enquiries.
The 18-year-old has a €30m release clause, but Valladolid could let him go for a lower amount, as they have cover in the position.
Fresneda came through the Real Madrid youth academy, but he’s broken into the senior game with Valladolid, making six appearances in La Liga this season so far (four starts).
The young defender may have appeared even more often if not for a hamstring injury he sustained in October, keeping him out for a few games just as he’d together a run of three league starts.
There’s surely no way Arsenal sign a new right-back without letting one go first. The Gunners already have Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Cedric Soares in the squad.
Cedric has been linked with a January exit, but Arsenal also have youth players waiting for the chance to step up.
Loanee Brooke Norton-Cuffy and u21 star Reuell Walters are both highly rated in north London, so Arsenal aren’t lacking for young players with potential in Fresneda’s position.
So this signing probably isn’t a priority for Mikel Arteta right now, and it would be a surprise to see the club pursue it in January.