Borussia Dortmund hope to sign Real Valladolid defender Ivan Fresneda this summer, but he has a lucrative offer from Arsenal.
Bild report that Ivan Fresneda is one of Borussia Dortmund’s transfer targets for the summer window, with the Bundesliga side hoping to bring in the Real Valladolid man for their right-back position.
According to the report the player is valued at around €10m, though previous claims have put him at closer to €20m.
Either way, with Jude Bellingham’s impending sale, that’s an affordable signing.
Yet Dortmund are worried about the competition for the transfer, as Fresneda also has a “lucrative offer” from Arsenal.
The Telegraph reported in April that Arsenal had put in “considerable legwork” assessing Fresneda in the January transfer window, with a view to potentially signing him in the summer.
The Gunners could now follow up on their interest, as they look to strengthen their defensive options for the new campaign of Champions League football.
Fresneda recently spoke about Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta in an interview with The Athletic, admitting he likes the manager.
“I like Arteta a lot because I think he’s a great coach; I follow the European leagues and I think the work he’s doing with his club is fantastic,” Fresneda said.
In a previous interview with Marca, Fresneda insisted his primary goals remain succeeding with Real Valladolid and playing for Spain, but he doesn’t know what the summer holds.
“I want to succeed at Valladolid achieving their goals, and my biggest dream in the long term is playing with the national team,” Fresneda said. “I don’t know what will happen with my future in the summer.”
Reports in February suggested that Arsenal will be joined by Borussia Dortmund, Newcastle United, and Juventus in the race for Fresneda this summer.
The defender will sit down with his representatives at the end of the season to make a decision on a potential move.
Valladolid have one more game this week, as they look to avoid relegation.
They’re currently 18th and in the relegation zone, but the five teams above them are within two points, including their final-day opponents Getafe. So a win would allow them to escape.
Fresneda has a release clause of £26.5m, and Valladolid are hoping to spark a bidding war to get close to that price. He has two years remaining on his contract.