Arsenal have reportedly been unable to agree a price for first-choice defensive target Caglar Soyuncu according to the Daily Mail.
Per the source, Freiburg are asking for £35 million for the centre-back but the Gunners reportedly have a ‘limited budget’.
The North London based side have shifted attention to Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sokratis Papastathopoulus instead.
The Greek international would cost considerably less at around £17.5 million.
Papastathopoulus and Soyuncu are both well known to Sven Mislintat, Arsenal’s head of recruitment, who used to work at Dortmund.
The report claims that Mikel Arteta is likely to have a limited budget if he is appointed Arsenal manager.
Soyuncu would be the younger option with a resale value aged just 21 while the Dortmund defender offers more experience aged 29.
The Turkey international’s former side Altinordu remain convinced that the defender will be moving to the Premier League over the summer.
Sources at Altinordu revealed to Turkish-Football that they are confident Soyuncu will make a move to England and that Arsenal remains his most likely destination.
The Izmir based side do stand to make 25 percent of any future transfer so they have a vested interest in Soyuncu being sold for a high fee.
The defender went from the Turkish second tier to establishing himself as a first-team regular in the Bundesliga.