Arsenal close to matching Turkish giants valuation for star defender

Arsenal are close to matching Fenerbahce’s valuation for the Denmark international defender Simon Kjaer according to the Turkish newspaper Fanatik.

Per-the-source, Arsenal are set to table a £12 million offer for Kjaer in the coming days. However, a source close the player told Caught Offsides Eren Sarigul that Fenerbahce will not consider and offers below £13 million.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen to sign a new centre-back before the transfer window closes following long-term injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel. Meanwhile, another report in the Turkish newspaper Fanatik states that Wenger is running out of time to sign a new defender and will be left short of options if he fails to reinforce the defence before the end of the transfer window.

The experinced manager was forced to play Rob Holding and Chambers against Liverpool in the first game of the Premier League season. The north London based side conceded four goals at home against the Reds in a defensive display the team will want to forget in a hurry.

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