Arsenal defender Auston Trusty is closing in on a move to Sheffield United, reports The Telegraph’s Mike McMcGrath.
Despite getting his first Gunners minutes on the recent tour of the USA the centre-back is deemed surplus to requirements at London Colney and will be allowed to leave.
He made 47 appearances in all competitions and impressed so much that he was voted the club’s player of the season by supporters. On receiving the award, he made it clear his next target was game time in the Premier League.
#Arsenal are in talks over deal for USA centre-back Auston Trusty to head to Sheffield United. Season-long deal possible if discussions progress with club who had success with short-term deals last campaign (McAtee/Doyle) #USMNT #Blades
— Mike McGrath (@mcgrathmike) July 31, 2023
Having been promoted behind Burnley, Sheffield United can offer the US international exactly that.
The Blades had hoped to tie down Iliman Ndiaye to a new deal but his imminent departure for Marseille means they are on the hunt for a replacement.
A season-long loan is mentioned by McGrath but other sources suggest a permanent deal for £5 million could be in the offing. The latter would see the Gunners double their initial outlay.
In the last 24 hours, Trusty’s compatriot Matt Turner has also been linked with a move away from the club. Nottingham Forest are said to be keen on recruiting the goalkeeper who could be sacrificed if Arsenal make a concerted effort to sign David Raya from Brentford.
Turner made seven appearances for the Gunners last season but expressed frustration earlier in the summer about not playing more regularly.