Soyuncu, labelled by some as the next Mats Hummels, was first linked with the Gunners at the end of March as Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat, the man also believed to be driving Arsenal towards hiring Zeljko Buvac as manager, begins to take control of the squad.
FLAŞ! Altınordu Başkanı Mehmet Seyit Özkan, Çağlar Söyüncü'nün yeni takımını açıkladı. Özkan, Çağlar'ın Arsenal'le anlaşmak üzere olduğunu söyledi. pic.twitter.com/8AylkNC9ng— Fanatik (@fanatikcomtr) May 3, 2018
Turkish outlet Fanatik has reported that Altinordu president Seyit Mehmet Ozkan has revealed Arsenal is about to be 21-year-old Soyuncu's next club - and his agent Mustafa Dogru told football.london: “The main objective of the player is to play in the Premier League, that I can tell you at the moment,”
“We are negotiating with some clubs, but I can’t give the name of the clubs - I’m sorry. Next week we will have some meetings and I think in 10 or 15 days his situation will be clear. They (Freiburg) are open to negotiations.”
The emerging talent left Altinordu in the summer of 2016 to sign for Freiburg in the Bundesliga. But with the little known Turkish side likely to be entitled to a cut of any transfer fee - Soyuncu has been valued at £30m - Ozkan is sure to be in the know.
Although Soyuncu understandably took a little time to settle in Germany after joining Freiburg, he has since shown great potential. A feature published by the Bundesliga's official website in January described 'natural pace', as well as 'the ability to read and time a tackle to near-enough perfection'. It was that which drew the comparisons with World Cup winner Hummels.
With an ageing Laurent Koscielny beginning to slow down and doubts over the future of error prone Shkodran Mustafi, Arsenal have been crying out for defensive reinforcements.
With 22-year-old Rob Holding signing a new contract this week, 20-year-old Konstantinos Mavropanos enjoying a promising Gunners debut against Manchester United last Sunday, and Soyuncu now seemingly on board, Arsenal's future is being built.