Arsenal in advanced talks with 26-year-old Italian defender

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Arsenal keen on signing Valencia footballer Cristiano Piccini and preparing to make an offer during the summer transfer window. Unai Emery wants to improve the back-line, and his primary target is Italy international who has an excellent campaign and paid attention.

Hector Bellerin has a severe injury, Carl Jenkinson wants to change the working place, Stephan Lichtsteiner already 35-year-old, and they need back-up. Spanish manager ready to spend big money on the player in July when the transfer window opens again. Piccini joined the Spanish club from Sporting in 2018 with an £8m deal.

He is one of the best defenders in La Liga and unchanged figure for the club. In this season, Cristiano already played 33 matches and scored one goal in all competition. It is an impressive result, and he can do much more with high-class partners. Italian right-back has contracted with the Bats until 2022, and his release clause is nearly £20m.

His price could increase during this campaign and become much more. The 26-year-old defender regularly plays in the national team which is already a significant achievement for the footballer. London club will do everything to add him this summer, but it will be difficult as Valencia aren’t going to sell such a prominent figure during the summer transfer window.

Gunners heavily linked with Borussia Monchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter, Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, PSG player Thomas Meunier, Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo, Ajax footballer Nicolas Tagliafico, Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, Stade Rennais attacker Ismaila Sarr, Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser and Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.

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