Ivan Gazidis and Mikel Arteta

Arsenal’s board have snubbed the opinion of Manchester City assistant coach, Mikel Arteta over signing Freiburg centre-back, Caglar Soyuncu.

Arsenal are planning their summer transfers and have made a start on negotiations for Soyuncu, despite not having ex-Gunners manager, Arsene Wenger’s successor officially in place.

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Altinordu president, Seyit Mehmet Ozkan, had confirmed that Soyuncu is set to leave Freiburg for Arsenal this summer.

However, Arteta is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger and his appointment could now be confirmed before the 2018 World Cup in Russia starts on June 14.

Daily Telegraph, UK, reports that Arsenal’s board have not discussed the prospect of Soyuncu’s arrival with Arteta, even though the 36-year-old is the overwhelming favourite to become their new manager.

Soyuncu is high on Arsenal’s shortlist and the Gunners are prepared to spend £35 million on the 21-year-old.

The reports also claims that Arsenal’s decision to not consult Arteta would suggest that the North London club are heavily reliant on the calls made by their head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, who is behind the club’s efforts to sign Soyuncu from the Bundesliga side.