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Four centre-backs Arsenal could sign after Ibrahima Konate to Liverpool transfer blow

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will be forced to change his transfer plans with Ibrahima Konate set to sign for Liverpool this summer. Konate was linked with a move to Arsenal but Liverpool look set to win the race for the Frenchman. Express Sport has picked four centre-backs Arteta could target instead this summer.

Kalidou Koulibaly

Koulibaly has been linked with a move to the Premier League for what seems like forever.

With the Senegal international turning 30 in June, it seems like this summer could well be his last chance to take that leap.

Koulibaly still has a contract at Napoli until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Reports last week claimed Liverpool had made an informal offer of £34.2million for the defender.

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N’Dicka has been a regular in the last 18 months at club level after moving to Germany from Auxerre in 2018.

However, one potential issue could be that N’Dicka is left-footed.

Arteta has been reluctant to play two left-footers as his centre-back pairing this season.

Gabriel Magalhaes and Pablo Mari are yet to start a match together for that reason.

James Tarkowski

Tarkowski has been one of the most consistent centre-backs in the last few years in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old can count himself unlucky not to have won more than two caps for England.

Tarkowski is used to playing on the right-side of the defensive pairing, with Ben Mee his regular partner.

Tarkowski’s contract at Turf Moor is set to expire in the summer of 2022, so a cut-price deal could be struck with the Clarets.

Speaking last year, Tarkowski said his latest offer of a renewal was “nowhere near” what he wanted.

His next contract is likely to be the last big one he signs in his career.

Caglar Soyuncu

Soyuncu is likely to be the most expensive option on this list.

Leicester have found themselves another top, young defender in Wesley Fofana and will feel he and Soyuncu could be a strong partnership for years to come.

But with just over two years left on Soyuncu’s current deal, Arsenal should test the water with an offer this summer.

The Gunners were linked with the Turkey international before he joined Leicester in 2018.

At 24, he could be the long-term answer at the back and would also come with the valuable experience of playing over 50 Premier League matches.



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