Deal!! Arsenal prepared to pay €15m release clause fir first summer signing

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Arsenal next manager has been warned some players will not want to join the club now they will not be playing Champions League football next season.

Arsenal are reportedly prepared to pay Diogo Leite’s €15m release clause to sign him from Porto this summer.

Leite played the full 90 minutes of Porto’s 1-0 win over Arsenal’s (understrength) u23s on Tuesday night at the Emirates to pick up the Premier League International Cup once again, but the youngster could be back playing regularly in London if O Jogo are correct.

In their Wednesday edition they write that Arsenal are prepared to meet the release fee in his contract which sits at around €15m.

Leite is a left-footed centreback who can play either left or right in the centre or as a right-back.

He has yet to make his senior debut for Porto.

Arsenal have been linked with a number of centrebacks ahead of the summer with the position one of the priorities for the club.

Sven Mislintat wants Arsenal to sign a centre-back as one of four positions he’s looking to strengthen this summer according to reports, but who are the available options?

by Dan Critchlow

We recently covered reports of the four areas Arsenal’s new head of recruitment wants to strengthen over the summer, which you can check out here.

One of these areas was in the back line, as the club look to replace and reinforce a group that are mostly ageing, injury prone, retiring or inexperienced.

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