Croatia defender Domagoj Vida on Arsenal radar as the gunners prepare a bid for besiktas defender
Arsenal are considering a late transfer swoop for Domagoj Vida after Beskitas told them they will have to pay £26.9million to sign the Croatian defender, according to reports in the Telegraph.
The Gunners were initially going to offer a cash-plus-player offer which could include Danny Welbeck or David Ospina, but the Turkish side are keen on a cash sale.
Vida is keen on a move to England with Liverpool also monitoring the situation and it remains to be seen whether Arsenal put together a formal offer approaching Besiktas’ valuation in the final 36 hours of the transfer window.
Liverpool are also targeting Vida who is interested in playing in the English Premier League.
With just a day to the close of the transfer window, one wonders if Arsenal will package a formal bid close to Besiktas's valuation of their Russia World Cup finalist.
The London club have spent around £70m during this transfer window and any new signings will be dependent upon offloading some players.
Calum Chambers completed his season-long loan move to Fulham on Tuesday, Lucas Perez is set to complete a £5m transfer to London rivals West Ham, Unai Emery is willing to listen to offers for England striker Danny Welbeck and Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina.
Reports suggest Ospina could make the switch to Besiktas in a separate deal.
Vida is a top target for several clubs in Europe after his heroics with the Croatian national team at Russia 2018 World Cup which lost to France in the final last month.
Unai Emery is said to be satisfied with his current squad should the signing of Vida fail to happen.
Arsenal have new signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding as their current center back options.
Laurent Koscielny is ruled out until the New year due to an Achilles injury.