Arseblog News understands that Arsenal Women are pursuing a deal for Laia Codina from Barcelona and a deal could be struck after the World Cup. The 23-year-old centre-half is currently part of the Spain squad gearing up for their World Cup semi-final against Sweden on Tuesday.
Little bit of Arsenal Women transfer news. Understand 23-year old Barcelona and #ESP centre half Laia Codina is a serious target. Arsenal want another centre half in this window to add to Amanda Ilestedt with Williamson injured and Rafaelle’s departure to Orlando Pride #AWFC
— Tim Stillman (@Stillmanator) August 13, 2023
Codina earned the rare distinction of scoring at both ends in a World Cup knockout game in Spain’s 5-1 win over Switzerland in the Round of 16. Codina is a right-footed centre-half but has frequently played on the left of a centre-half partnership. Our exclusive story has since been corroborated by prominent Barca Femeni journalist Maria Tikas.
Como cuenta @Stillmanator, el Arsenal está interesado en Laia Codina.
La central contemplaba salir este verano a un equipo que le diese más protagonismo y quería esperar hasta después del Mundial para decidir.
Sus buenas actuaciones con la selección han hecho subir su caché. pic.twitter.com/9BCPDVOr8U
— Maria Tikas (@MariaTikas) August 13, 2023
It bolsters Arsenal’s central defensive options with Leah Williamson set to miss the majority of next season with an ACL injury and with the recent departure of Rafaelle to Orlando Pride.
Codina spent the 2021-22 season on loan at AC Milan and was a member of Spain’s Euro U-18 winning squad in 2018. We also understand that Arsenal are still hopeful of bringing in a right-back during the summer with Laura Wienroither expected to miss most of next season with an ACL injury. The Gunners have so far signed Alessia Russo from Manchester United, Cloe Lacasse from Benfica and Amanda Ilestedt from PSG.