Arsenal give up in race for top class Spanish right-back

According to sources from Football Insider, Arsenal have decided to end their pursuit of Real Valladolid defender Ivan Fresneda as they shift their focus to securing a more experienced right-back.

The Gunners have expressed a strong interest in Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo and are closely monitoring Leicester City’s Timothy Castagne as potential targets.

Arsenal initially pursued Fresneda in the January transfer window and came close to reaching an agreement before negotiations collapsed late in the window. However, their pursuit resumed this summer but has now come to an end as they prioritize securing Cancelo or Castagne.

Football Insider previously reported that Cancelo, aged 29, has been informed that his time at Manchester City is over following a well-publicized disagreement with manager Pep Guardiola. It is believed that Bayern Munich, with whom Cancelo spent a loan spell, will not exercise the buy option negotiated as part of the loan deal.

Cancelo, who is under contract with Manchester City until June 2027, has an impressive track record, having won three league titles, two League Cups, and a Champions League since joining the club in 2019. He also contributed to Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga title during his loan spell, registering one goal and six assists in 21 appearances.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is familiar with Cancelo from their time together at Manchester City and is keen to reinforce his full-back options during the summer transfer window.

As Arsenal recalibrate their transfer strategy, their pursuit of an experienced right-back suggests a desire to strengthen their defensive line and add depth to their squad for the upcoming season.

Yash Bisht

Tags Cancelo Castagne Ivan Fresneda


  1. Though a deal to take Ivan Fresneda to the Emirates would be reasonable cheap, the bid for Timber from Arsenal says it all.

    Indeed Arsenal have move on, this is a strange one though as Arsenal made a serious attempt to buy the kid in January.

    Not to discount Timber though, he’s robust and fairly versatile.

  2. Dotmund will get him for cheap and sell him to either mancity or chelsea for crazy fee in few years time.

    I think Arteta and edu backed out because the player will come cheap. We don’t buy cheap players, especially if the player is very good.

    1. Mrcool- Could Arsenal really back out because he’s too cheap?
      In a window where we need top midfielder that won’t come cheap.
      Top forward that won’t come cheap.

      Think buying this kid would allow us a few quid extra to acquire top targets in other areas.

      But Arsenal knew about this kid for some time, just can’t understand our sudden lost of interest?

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