By Wayne Veysey

30th Nov, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Arsenal defender in advanced talks over new four-year contract

Arsenal are in advanced talks with defender Zak Swanson over a new contract, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The right-back, who is on a season-long loan at Dutch side MVV Maastricht, is currently on a deal that expires in the summer of 2022.

An Arsenal source has told Football Insider that the club have indicated to Swanson they will trigger the two-year option to extend his agreement until 2024.

It will tie down the 20-year-old, who has had a wretched time on loan in Holland.

As revealed by Football Insider last week, Arsenal are planning to terminate the deal early.

The Premier League club are set to take advantage of a recall option and bring Swanson back to London ahead of January window.

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It is then expected that he will be loaned out to a new team, potentially one in the English Football League, in the second half of the season.

The Gunners academy product has made only three appearances for MVV Maastricht in a campaign ruined by injury and illness.

Swanson’s temporary employers were thrashed 7-1 on his debut and he has struggled to get in the side even when fit.

Swanson had been expected to make a big impact in Holland after an impressive 2019-20 season for the Gunners Under-23s.

But the rising star has not been able to replicate his youth-team form at MVV Maastricht.

He can play in midfield, both centrally as well as out wide, but has only been used in defence during his loan.

In other news, the “future Arsenal captain” has been spotted by ex-Gunners star after phenomenal display.