Times: Euro giants want to sign £80k-a-week Arsenal man, extra £6m will get deal done
By Aramide Oladipo
Galatasaray are interested in landing Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs this summer, according to a report.
The Times claims that the 27-year-old has been informed that he is surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium with left-backs Nacho Monreal and summer signing Sead Kolasinac ahead of him in the pecking order.
The newspaper reports that the Turkish giants are hopeful that the Gunners will offload the defender for £4million but Arsenal are looking to receive a fee closer to £10million in the transfer window.
The report claims that fellow Premier League side Watford had shown an interest in the full-back earlier this summer but Gibbs was unwilling to take a pay cut from his current £80,000 weekly wage at Arsenal.
Gibbs has been a fringe player for the last couple of years at Arsenal and last season, he only featured in nine Premier League matches across the entire campaign.
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This season, the defender has not been involved in the matchday squads for the team’s opening Premier League fixtures.
Gibbs’ current contract at the Emirates Stadium runs out next summer.
Football Insider verdict
Arsenal seriously need to find a way to offload Gibbs during this summer transfer window. Although they are a club with a lot of money, keeping hold of a fringe player who earns a weekly wage of £80,000 simply does not make any sense. Selling the defender could easily help raise funds for the Gunners to try and lure more players to the squad or help them in persuading key man Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to remain at the club with new bumper contracts. A move away from North London will also be beneficial to the player as he could try and secure a regular place in the starting lineup for a team that will be competing in the Champions League on a regular basis.
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