Arsenal see 17m bid for uncapped French fullback rejected

The Gunners are making moves already for the summer

Arsenal have seen a 17m euro bid for Galatasaray defender turned down, with the Turkish side holding out for 25m euros, according to reports coming from Turkey.

The Gunners are on the hunt for defensive reinforcements as Mikel Arteta looks to sure up his defence ahead of their return to the Champions League for the first time since 2017.

Ben White has proved a revelation in that position since his move there at the beginning of the season, but former first-choice option Takehiro Tomiyasu has struggled through fitness and form, with the Japanese defender having started just six Premier League games this season.

And they have been linked with plenty of alternatives, with Ivan Fresneda and Mohamed Simakan just two of the names circulating with regards to potential Arsenal additions.

They are keen to find an option that can play both right back and on the right side of central defence, if reports are to be believed, hence the interest in Simakan and even reported interest in Marc Guehi.

Boey, however, would be an intruiging option. The 22-year-old Frenchman, yet to be capped at senior level, has caught the eye this season in his 29 outings for Gala, grabbing a goal and an assist from right back.

Having seen a move to Lyon break down in January, Boey is almost certain to leave the Turkish side this summer, and Arsenal have tabled a tentative offer for the Frenchman, though Galatasaray have warned them that they will settle for no less than 25m euros.

The Gunners have yet to give a final answer, and their decision could rest on how much money is left over in the budget following their major restructuring in midfield, which is expected to see two new players arrive.

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