Arsenal have made a "lucrative offer" to a highly-rated wonderkid, as Mikel Arteta looks to improve upon his squad.
The Gunners finished just five points behind eventual champions Manchester City in the end, having led the Premier League table for the majority of the season. Ultimately, Arsenal's lack of depth has been blamed by many for the collapse.
After losing Takehiro Tomiyasu and William Saliba in the same game – against Sporting in the Europa League – Arteta was forced to experiment with his defence – and now, it appears he is set to address this issue first in the transfer window.
This season, Ben White has played as the first-choice right-back after beginning his Arsenal career centrally. Fresneda is a right-back by trade, however, who can drift into midfield.
The 18-year-old would not only provide cover for White and Tomiyasu on the right of the back four, he would also enable White to fill in centrally in Saliba's absence. The left-footed Jakub Kiwior has had to slot into that role on the right of the defensive partnership, while Rob Holding has played there, too.
Fresneda is also a completely different profile to Brooke Norton-Cuffy, the Hale End right-back who has spent the second half of this season on loan at playoff finalists, Coventry City.
It is possible, too, that Moises Caicedo could play at right-back. Thomas Partey filled in the position for the Gunners' final two games of the season – similar to the role that Caicedo has played for Brighton. With the Ecuadorian a target for the Gunners, Arteta may well have been testing his system for his arrival.
Fresneda is valued at €10 million by Transfermarkt.
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