In a report coming out of Turkey, it has been revealed that Arsenal are reportedly looking to bolster their defensive options this summer with the signing of Galatasaray’s Sacha Boey. The French youth international has caught the attention of the North London side, who have made him a ‘priority’ ahead of the transfer window, according to Turkish outlet Aksam.
Arsenal have been linked with a number of high-profile signings since the close of the January transfer window, with West Ham midfielder Declan Rice rumoured to be their top target. Reports from The Times suggest that the Englishman could be available for a fee of £80 million.
In addition, the Gunners are said to be considering a move for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo, despite having had two bids rejected for the Ecuadorian in January. However, the club is reportedly targeting a more affordable defensive option, with Boey being a potential target.
Boey, who has made 22 appearances in the Super Lig this season, has impressed with his performances for Galatasaray. The right-back has also featured in the Europa League, playing six times for the Turkish side. The report suggests that a fee of around £15 million could be enough to secure his services.
While the speculation may come as a surprise to some, given that Arsenal already have two right-backs in their squad, it is worth noting that Ben White has been deployed in the position for much of the current campaign. The former Brighton defender has excelled in the role, but it seems that Mikel Arteta is keen to add more depth to his options in defence.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will be successful in their pursuit of Boey, with Galatasaray reportedly in talks to extend the player’s contract. The Turkish side are on course to win the Super Lig for the first time since 2019, and will undoubtedly be reluctant to let one of their key players leave.
Nonetheless, if Arsenal are able to secure Boey’s services, it would represent a significant coup for the club. The 20-year-old has shown plenty of promise during his time in Turkey, and could potentially develop into a top-class defender in the years to come.
For Arteta, it is clear that defensive reinforcements are a priority this summer. While the Gunners have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks, they have still been vulnerable at the back at times this season. The addition of Boey, alongside the likes of White and Tomiyasu, could provide a much-needed boost to Arsenal’s backline.
it will be interesting to see how this story develops over the coming weeks and months. With the transfer window set to open in a few months’ time, there is likely to be plenty of speculation surrounding Arsenal’s transfer activity. For now, though, it seems that Boey is a name to keep an eye on for Gunners fans.