Arsenal in battle to sign £55m Marc Guehi this summer

By on May 1, 2024

Marc Guehi Crystal Palace

Arsenal have set their sights on Marc Guehi with Crystal Palace increasing worried the defender will leave Selhurst Park this summer, according to the Times.

The Englishman has only two years left on his current deal with the Eagles and he’s no closer to signing an extension. The situation has alerted Arsenal with The Times claiming that the Gunners are expected to push hard to sign Guehi at the end of the season.

However, they aren’t the only top Premier League club showing an interest as the report says Manchester United are also keen on Guehi so Arsenal face stiff competition for his signature.

Palace are reluctant to see the centre-back leave but The Times says that if they do cash-in on Guehi they plan to “pocket” £55 million from his sale. If the deal goes through, the defender will be Palace’s most expensive sale ever (but only if Michael Olise, who is also an Arsenal target, doesn’t leave for his £60 million release clause).

Arsenal have the best defence in the Premier League this season. Williams Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes have formed a rock solid partnership and have conceded only 28 goals in 35 games with an impressive 16 clean sheets.

Therefore, it may surprise some that Mikel Arteta is reportedly planning a marquee defensive signing. However, this is understandable given the potential impact of a major injury on Arsenal’s central defence. Given his limited defensive options behind Gabriel and Saliba, it makes sense to add someone like Guehi.

Guehi long appreciated at the Emirates

Arsenal are already confident of Guehi’s potential impact on Arteta’s project; according to the Daily Mail, they were eager to bring him on board last summer amid speculation Gabriel could be sold to Saudi Arabian clubs.

No crazy bid arrived for Gabriel; he stayed, and notably, he’s been rejuvenated this season. Nonetheless, Guehi might be an excellent addition to this Arsenal squad if they can beat Manchester United to his signature this summer.

As good as Arsenal’s central defencee has been, adding another quality centre-back like Guehi would add some much-needed depth to an important area of the pitch and leave the Gunners less exposed to injuries.