Turkish giants express interest in Arsenal defender

Turkish outfit Galatasaray are readying a bid for Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs, according to a report from the Times.

Competition

Gibbs was in and out of Arsene Wenger’s starting lineup last season, making just 11 appearances over the course of the Premier League campaign.

With Nacho Monreal having firmly established himself ahead of the 27-year-old in the pecking order in North London, and talented Bosnian wing-back Sead Kolasinac having arrived at the club from German outfit Schalke, Gibbs has since found himself as the odd man out at the Emirates, failing to appear in either of Arsenal’s Premier League matchday squads this season.

Interested parties

To this point, it has been reported that all of Newcastle United, Brighton, West Bromwich Albion and Watford have expressed an interest in signing Gibbs this summer, with the latter having been previously viewed as the favourites for his signature.

However, disagreements over wages eventually led to Watford’s move for the defender falling through, with a new contender having this evening emerged for the 10-time capped international.

Turkish switch?

The club in question are Turkish Super Lig outfit Galatasaray, who have already coaxed Fernando from Manchester City and Sofiane Feghouli from West Ham United this summer.

And, as per the aforementioned report from the Times, Igor Tudor’s side have now turned their attentions to Arsenal man Gibbs.

Gala hope to convince the Gunners to part ways with their English stopper for a cut-price fee of £4 million, though this seems highly unlikely, with Gibbs’ price-tag having stood at a minimum of £15 million earlier this summer.

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