Arsenal are reportedly set to make a formal bid for Everton right-back Seamus Coleman, according to reports in the Daily Star.
The 25 year old had an excellent season last term, playing a pivotal role in the Toffees push for a top four finish by scoring 6 goals in his 36 league appearances and was also named in the 2014 PFA Team of the Year.
The report states that the Gunners will now turn their attentions to Coleman as they search for a replacement for Manchester City bound right-back Bacary Sagna and are expected to make a formal bid.
This news has been further backed by Sky News correspondent Enda Brady who has claimed on his official Twitter account that Arsene is very keen on the Republic of Ireland defender and a bid is expected to be launched shortly.
Arsene Wenger very keen on Seamus Coleman, I'm told. Expect a bid.
— enda brady (@SkyEnda) June 14, 2014
The North London club have been left short of options with Carl Jenkinson the only senior player able to fill that role after Bacary Sagna joined Manchester City on a free transfer.
The defender has plenty of experience in the Premier League and would hit the ground running unlike a player coming in from overseas. He covers a lot of ground, positions himself well and isn’t afraid to dive into tackles. He is also a better attacking fullback than Sagna. He might not be so solid defensively but his attacking prowess is huge, as he can dribble and has pin-point crosses while he also chips in his fair share of goals.
He would be the ideal replacement for Sagna and would give us another dimension in attack, some have questioned his defensive capabilities, but he’s solid enough and easily be my first choice to replace Bacary this summer. The Gunners would represent an attractive proposition for him owing to Champions League football and significant increase on his Toffee’s wages.
He will certainly not come on the cheap as Everton are renowned for not selling their players cheap, but a bid of between £15- 20 million should be enough to convince the Toffees to sell, however it remains to be seen whether Wenger will be willing to spend that much on a defender.
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