In the summer transfer window, Erik ten Hag has disclosed the availability of an excellent transfer for Arsenal. Noussair Mazraoui appeared to be on his way to Bayern Munich, but this may not be the case.
Despite the full-back’s preference for a move to Bayern Munich, Ten Hag wants to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka with Ajax’s Mazraoui, according to the Daily Mirror. Arsenal might undoubtedly be interested in this talent, since Eurosport recently reported that Edu was keeping an eye on the Moroccan international.
Due to the shortages and lack of talent at that position, the Gunners will need to sign a full-back in the summer transfer window. Mazraoui would be a fantastic addition to Mikel Arteta’s squad.
There’s an added motivation to sign him because his contract with Ajax is slated to expire at the end of the season, making him a free agent. This is perfect for Edu since it allows him to save money and put it towards other areas of the squad rather than bringing in a high-priced full-back.
Mazraoui is a product of Ajax’s illustrious academy and has represented the Netherlands since he was eight years old, but his time with the team appears to be coming to an end. When questioned about his plans for next season by Dutch media, Mazraoui told The Sun: “That is an excellent question. I believe my prospects of staying at Ajax are slim, perhaps 5 percent of recent.”
The 23-year-old has plenty of Champions League experience, having helped a young Ajax team reach the competition’s semi-finals in the 2018/2019 season. He’d certainly fit Arsenal’s mold in terms of buying young players, and he’s a great right-back that Arsenal could sign for a modest price, which is in line with the club’s recent history of doing so.
Despite the fantastic signing of Tomiyasu from Bologna for a bargain of £19.8 million, Arteta’s side still needs another right-back. As a result of the sale of Calum Chambers, Tomiyasu now has minimal competition for his position.
This season, Cedric Soares has been used as Tomiyasu’s back-up, but his performances have demonstrated that he is not competent of helping Arsenal compete for a Champions League spot on a regular basis. A more trustworthy and younger full-back should take the place of the Portugal international.
Mazraoui fits this description perfectly, but a deal will not be easy, as Bayern Munich appears to be far along in their negotiations for the defender. Despite this, Ten Hag’s interest in the defender suggests that a move for the Gunners is still conceivable, particularly if Champions League participation is secured before the end of the season, as this would offer Edu the necessary influence over Manchester United in securing his services.