Reports have surfaced this afternoon that Arsenal are close to a deal for Icelandic goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson who currently plays for French side Dijon.
The 25-year-old started his career at KR Reykjavik before moving to Danish side Nordsjaelland in 2014.
It was at Nordsjaelland that he crossed paths with current Gunners keeper coach Inaki Cana. Presumably, that connection has played an important part in our interest.
Runarrson moved to Dijon in 2018 with the French side’s chief scout Sebastien Larcier saying at the time: “When we discovered his profile, the interest was immediately strong…He is technically talented, he is not afraid to play high and has very good footwork. In addition, he has the temperament and charisma”.
In light of Emi Martinez’s impending move to Aston Villa, Arsenal have pushed hard to get a deal done for Brentford’s David Raya, another of Cana’s students, however, the Championship side have refused to budge on their steep asking price.
A cut-price alternative would allow us to redirect the majority of the £20 million we’re set to receive from Villa towards our midfield targets.
One to watch in the coming days…