Arsenal add Bundesliga star to right-back shortlist as Wolfsburg set asking price
Posted by  badge Boss on Apr 12
Ridle Baku is keen to swap the Bundesliga for the Premier League (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have added Wolfsburg right-back Ridle Baku to their transfer shortlist as Mikel Arteta looks to bring in a more attack-minded alternative to , according to reports.

international White has enjoyed an excellent campaign despite moving from centre-back to right-back and has been a cornerstone of the club’s title charge, linking up excellently with .

However, the north Londoners are in the market for a more orthodox, adventurous full-back to provide a different type of outlet.

Arteta only has available as cover and competition for White, but the Japan international is also more of a centre-back than a full-back.

According to , that has seen the Gunners begin looking at potential right-backs they can bring in this summer and Wolfsburg’s Baku has caught their eye.

The 25-year-old started his career as a winger but has moved to right-back – or right wing-back – in recent seasons, providing a huge amount of attacking threat from deep.

Baku has scored five goals and laid on one assist this season in 26 Bundesliga appearances, while he had eight goal involvements last season.

Baku has netted five times in the Bundesliga this season (Picture: Getty)

The rapid German defender played as a wing-back predominantly last season but Niko Kovac has used a back four this season, with Baku thriving at right-back despite his additional defensive responsibilities.

He has earned four caps for the national team, though was not part of recent squads, and is actually the joint-second top scorer in Wolfsburg’s team.

In fact, across the entire Bundesliga, only Bayer Leverkusen’s Jeremie Frimpong (eight goals, six assists) has more goals from defence than Baku.

According to Sky Germany, the former Mainz star is ‘very open’ to leaving Wolfsburg this summer and would jump at the opportunity to move to the Premier League.

With his contract expiring in 2025, Wolfsburg do not have a particularly strong negotiating position and have set a price tag in the region of €15million (£13m).

The German side would be optimistic of getting slightly more than that, however, and are conscious of interest in Baku from other clubs besides Arsenal, with several Spanish teams also exploring a potential deal this summer.

Arsenal actually explored a move for a right-back in the January window and entered into talks with Real Valladolid , though they came away empty-handed.


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