Arsenal eyeing transfer move for Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo

Arsenal transfer target Tosin Adarabioyo looks on during Fulham's Premier League clash with Burnley
Fulham star Tosin Adarabioyo is firmly on Arsenal’s radar (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have reportedly registered a strong interest in Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo ahead of the summer transfer window.

Mikel Arteta is intent on overhauling his squad after a miserable first full season at the helm both domestically and in Europe, with as many as six players set for the exit door at the Emirates.

Among the Gunners’ top priorities will be strengthening at centre-back, despite the club having the third best defensive record in the Premier League with just two games remaining of the season.

According to The Athletic, Abarabioyo, 23, is firmly on Arsenal’s radar as a potential option after a promising individual campaign in the top-flight with struggling Fulham.

Tosin Abarabioyo and Bukayo Saka look on during Arsenal's clash with Fulham
Abarabioyo has made 31 starts in the Premier League this term (Picture: Getty)

A mass exodus is expected at Craven Cottage after relegation was confirmed for Scott Parker’s side earlier this month and the report suggests Abarabioyo is ‘open’ to the idea of a summer move.

Arsenal head coach Arteta worked with Adarabioyo during his three-year spell as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City, where the defender had been since the age of five until he joined the Cottagers last October.

It’s claimed Adarabioyo has a buyout clause in his contract at Fulham which Arsenal could look to exploit. However, the north London outfit may have to fend off competition from Newcastle for the sought-after 6ft 5in centre-half.

Edu and Mikel Arteta look on during Arsenal's Premier League clash with Everton
Edu and Arteta will look to bolster Arsenal’s defensive options this summer (Picture: Getty)

Adarabioyo enjoyed loan spells with both West Brom and Blackburn Rovers in the Championship before leaving City on a permanent basis in search of regular playing time last summer.

The young Englishman, who is also attracting interest from Germany, has started all of his 31 appearances in the top flight this term.

Not long after taking charge of City, Guardiola sang Adarabioyo’s praises and suggested the centre-back, then aged 18, had the ability to become a first-team player for the club.

‘He has all the quality. He is fast, he is faster than the people can believe it and he’s strong in the air,’ the City manager said in 2016.

‘He has the quality to look behind the line for the next step, the next pass.

‘He has a lot of things to improve and I hope I can help him to develop his skills.’

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