Arsenal Women have agreed a deal for Barcelona defender Laia Codina, with the player set to fly to London to finalise the deal after Sunday’s World Cup Final. Codina is set to start for Spain at centre-half where she will lock horns with Gunners summer signing Alessia Russo.
Arseblog News broke the news exclusively earlier this week that Arsenal had a sustained interest and that a deal was likely, our story was subsequently corroborated by Mundo Deportivo.
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Our understanding earlier this week was that a player was keen on the move and a deal was likely, as per Emma Sanders at the BBC, we understand Arsenal and Barcelona have now struck an agreement with formalities likely to be completed after the World Cup.
Codina has been a starter for Spain at the World Cup in the absence of Mapi Leon, who stands in her path in the left centre-half role at Barcelona (Codina is right-footed). Arsenal are rebuilding the centre of their defence with Leah Williamson injured for a good chunk of next season and Rafaelle having departed for Orlando Pride.
Arsenal have already added Swedish centre-half Amanda Ilestedt this summer. Our understanding is that Arsenal still want a right-back with Laura Wienroither out for most of next season with an ACL injury.