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Thiago Motta wants Arsenal defender Jakub Kiwior at Juventus

Thiago Motta wants Arsenal defender Jakub Kiwior at Juventus

Juventus could make a move to sign Arsenal left-back Jakub Kiwior this summer.

Italian publication TMW reports that the Serie A giants are eyeing a move for the Polish defender at the behest of incoming manager Thiago Motta.

Kiwior is one of several Arsenal stars who could exit the Emirates Stadium this summer as the Gunners eye another spending spree.

Mikel Arteta’s side were forced to settle for the runners-up spot for a second consecutive season, although they came tantalising close last term.

The Gunners missed out on the coveted prize by a meagre two points and are looking to bolster their squad ahead of another potential title duel with Manchester City next season.

While they already have plenty to spend, Arteta needs to free up space in his squad to accommodate fresh recruits, and Kiwior could be one of those to make way.

The Poland international played a bit-part role in Arsenal’s title challenge last term, making 20 Premier League appearances.

He started just 11 Premier League games but contributed a goal and three assists, kept five clean sheets and won 58% of his total duels.

Since joining Arsenal in January 2023, Kiwior has featured just 38 times for the Gunners and could be set for a premature exit from the Emirates this summer.

Juventus are keen on the defender, but they’ll have to fork out at least £17 million to sign him, which could be a sticking point for the Italian giants.

Given their financial troubles, Kiwior’s price tag may be too high for Juventus to match, but Motta is keen on a reunion with the versatile 24-year-old.

Motta coached Kiwior while he was Spezia’s manager and is convinced the former RSC Anderlecht ace would be a good fit for his Juventus squad.

Arsenal are also considering signing a new left-back, so a potential exit for Kiwior would create space for one or two additions.

The Gunners already have Jurrien Timber, who can feature in that position, but the Dutchman will need time to get up to speed after recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

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