Arsenal are ‘set to complete a £17.5m deal for Spezia’s Jakub Kiwior’ as Mikel Arteta looks to reinforce his defence ahead of title charge… with the Polish centre-back ‘poised for a medical in north London THIS WEEK’
- Jakub Kiwior is reportedly close to a £17.5million switch for Arsenal this month
- The centre-back has played 20 times for Spezia in all competitions this season
- The 22-year-old has played as a defensive midfielder and a left-back as well
- Mikel Arteta’s side have conceded the second fewest goals this season (14)
- READ: Arsenal agree £27million to sign Brighton forward Leandro Trossard
Arsenal are reportedly close to completing a deal for centre-back Jakub Kiwior as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen his defence in a £17.5million deal.
According to reports, the Polish defender is set to make the switch from Serie A side Spezia to north London, with both sides said to be keen to complete the deal.
Arteta’s side have the second best defensive record in the Premier League this season, and William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes and Ben White have starred at the back, but another option at centre-back will leave the Gunners even stronger.
Poland defender Jakub Kiwior is reportedly close to a £17.5million switch to Arsenal this month
With the Gunners leading the Premier League title race at the halfway point by five points, Arteta will not want his resolute defence to become sloppy, and a new reinforcement would certainly put pressure on the starting side to perform.
Kiwior is a nine-time Poland international, and has starred for Spezia at times this season with 20 appearances, with the Serie A outfit sat in 15th currently as he nears an exit for the Premier League, as per Fabrizio Romano.
However the signing would align with the club’s ethos of signing younger players that are perhaps more unheard of than the signings the Gunners have made in the past.
Mikel Arteta’s side are five points clear in the Premier League title race but will want to strengthen their position
The club has shown in recent years with the likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Magalhaes and to an extent Granit Xhaka that they prefer to bring in players who will be allowed to develop at the club.
At 22, Kiwior is younger than both White and Magalhaes and just a year older than Saliba, but would bring international experience, as well as 18 months playing at a top five European League to the Emirates.
The Polish international stands at 1.89cm so would be a physical presence at the back for Arsenal, putting him at roughly the same height as both Saliba and Magalhaes – Arteta’s preferred pairing.
He has also featured as a central defensive midfielder and a left-back which will appeal to Arteta who regularly moves his defenders around at the back into different starting positions.
The 22-year-old Poland international has played 20 games for Spezia so far this season
The Gunners are still competing in the Europa League and the FA Cup – where they have been drawn against Manchester City in the Fourth Round – as well as navigating their first title race in several years.
Arteta will therefore be keen to bring in as many bodies as possible that fit his side’s transfer ethos as possible to decrease the workload on his stars and give them the best shot possible at taking home the trophy.
Arsenal are also busily working on a deal for former Spurs target Leandro Trossard, and have already agreed a £27million deal to bring the Brighton star to the club in January.
Arsenal have already agreed a £27million fee with Brighton for forward Leandro Trossard
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