Fabrizio Romano says Arsenal may reach Riccardo Calafiori deal this week

  • Arsenal would like to sign Riccardo Calafiori
  • They have already agreed personal terms with the player
  • A deal could be struck this week, says Fabrizio Romano
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Arsenal have seen themselves increasingly linked with a move for Bologna defender Riccardo Calafiori over the last week. In what has been a pretty incredible turnaround for Mikel Arteta, he is expected to be in an advanced stage of the deal, having already agreed on personal terms with the player. All that's left now is for Arsenal and Bologna to reach a deal.

Thankfully, Arsenal and Bologna already have a great understanding of the way both clubs work in transfer negotiations. The deal for Takehiro Tomiyasu was successful due to the nature of the discourse, so hopefully, the same be can said for Riccardo Calafiori.

Fabrizio Romano says Arsenal may reach Riccardo Calafiori deal this week

According to an update from the transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal could even reach an agreement on club terms this week. It is believed that a €50m transfer is on the verge of happening and the only nature which must be discussed between Arsenal and Bologna is the payment structure of the deal. Everything else is smooth-sailing, it seems.

Riccardo Calafiori, if successful, would become Arsenal's second signing of the 2024 summer transfer window. They already announced the permanent deal for David Raya, which came as no surprise considering he is the first option for Mikel Arteta between the sticks.

Question marks remain about how Riccardo Calafiori will be integrated into the starting lineup. Without a doubt, his strongest position is as a centre back. However, he is also capable of playing as a left-back, having had plenty of experience in that position too throughout his career so far.

Given that William Saliba and Gabriel are the two first choice centre backs for Arsenal, it is unlikely that Calafiori will be signed as a replacement in this position and instead, a permanent option at left-back. Indeed, Calafiori is an upgrade on the likes of Zinchenko, Kiwior and even Tomiyasu. Therefore, Arsenal will have plenty of depth in the defence next season.

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