Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Poland international Jakub Kiwior from Serie A side Spezia.
The 22-year-old centre-back moves to London in a deal worth a reported £21 million, including add-ons, and will provide competition to Gabriel Magalhaes. His contract runs until July 2027 and we have the option to extend it by a further 12 months.
Much like the summer signing of Fabio Vieira, the Gunners’ interest in Kiwior flew under the radar.
Only on Friday did the media get wind of negotiations and things progressed very quickly with the player flying to London on Saturday to undertake his medical. He was at the Emirates yesterday to watch his new teammates beat Manchester United 3-2 and then put pen to paper on his deal on Monday. The club have handed him the number 15 shirt.
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Kiwior spent two years on the books of Belgian side Anderlecht as a teenager before moving to Slovakia. He came to the fore at Zilina over the course of two seasons before earning a move to Italy.
He’s been a regular in the first team at Spezia making 43 appearances and featured four times for his country at the World Cup in Qatar. Several other clubs were thought to be interested in his signature including Napoli, Juventus (nice points reduction, lads) and AC Milan.
Welcome to Arsenal, Jakub. We’re looking forward to seeing what you can do.