Arsenal are pushing ahead with a move for Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu despite currently not having a manager.
Mikel Arteta is expected to succeed Arsene Wenger at the Emirates after emerging as the leading contender but has yet to be officially announced.
Telegraph Sport claim that the Gunners have completed their interview process, but that none of the candidates were asked their opinion of Soyuncu.
Per the source, the North London based outfit are trying to sign the rising star and are prepared to agree a deal worth up to £35 million.
Head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has been leading the Gunners move for Soyuncu.
Mislintat is very familiar with the Bundeliga and was responsible for January deals for Arsenal’s move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Konstantinos Mavropanos.
Altinordu president Seyit Mehmet Ozkan recently confirmed that his former pupil is set to join Arsenal today.
Ozkan revealed that he has arranged a report for Arsenal which will be handed to the club and that Soyuncu turned down Bayern Munich.
“Caglar Soyuncu is set to join Arsenal,” he said at International Football Economic Forum held at The Grand Tarabya Hotel in Istanbul.
“Of course we would make a cut from the transfer if he joins Arsenal.
“Arsenal asked us for data on his time at the club, we have put something together for them which will be handed over.
“Bayern Munich also wanted him but he’s on the way to the Premier League.”
Soyuncu joined Freiburg on a £2 million move from second-tier Turkish side Altinordu two seasons ago.
The 21-year-old has established himself as a first-team regular for the Bundesliga outfit, making 55 appearances in all competitions.