Arsenal face competition for £13m signing as German giants table last minute bid

The Gunners were thought to be the frontrunners, but face more competition than anticipated

Arsenal are facing late competition from German giants Borussia Dortmund over the signing of Spanish right-back Ivan Fresneda this January, with a decision expected to be taken by the player at the beginning of the week over which side he will join.

The 18-year-old, who has shot to prominence in his first full senior season for Real Valladolid, is considered one of the brightest fullback prospects in World football, and was previously in the Real Madrid academy.

And, though he is thought to have a release clause of 30m euros, the Spanish side are willing to let him leave for around 15m euros this winter, with Newcastle United and Manchester United both thought to have been keen.

However, the decision appears to have been whittled down to two options, with Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund both ready to add the defender to their ranks. Fresneda would join the club in January, but be loaned back to his current club until the end of the season, with the Spaniard keen to see out the current campaign with Vallodolid.

And the teenager is reportedly set to make his decision over his next club on Monday, with his agent having been at London Colney in recent weeks and a deal agreed with both Arsenal and Dortmund over both fee and personal terms.

Elsewhere, Arsenal are finalising a deal for Jakub Kiwior, with the Spezia central defender having watched the Gunners’ 3-2 win over Manchester United from a VIP box at the Emirates Stadium.

And they are reportedly also keen on adding a midfielder before the January deadline, with Mikel Arteta continuing to look for reinforcements in a bid to land their first Premier League title since 2004.

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Ben Browning

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