Arsenal FC are interested in signing Belgium international goalkeeper Simon Mignolet this summer.
Mignolet is currently one of the most sought-after custodian in the Premier League. The 25-year-old, who joined Sunderland back in 2010, has been their most consistent performer over the last two seasons. He is one of the prime reason why Paolo Di Canio’s side survived the drop. Mignolet has made 149 saves (in 38 appearances) in the Premier League this season, and has kept 11 clean sheets along the way.
Liverpool and Napoli were earlier linked with a move for the Sunderland goalkeeper and now, according to reports, Arsenal have joined the race for his signature. The Gunners are expected to have a busy summer this time around, as Arsene Wenger prepares to spend his £70m transfer war chest. Arsene Wenger is believed to be looking for an experienced goal-keeper as at least one of Vito Mannone or Łukasz Fabiański is likely to leave the Emirates in the summer. Arsenal’s current No.1, Szczesny has had a patchy season and might lose his place in the starting line-up if Arsenal do land Mignolet.
Arsenal have been earlier linked with QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar, but his age might prove to be a constrain in this move. Reports suggest that Arsenal are preparing a £10m bid for the 25-year-old Sunderland goalkeeper, which is his £8m more than the price Steve Bruce brought him for. Paolo Di Canio is believed to be desperate to hold onto his prized asset and the Black Cats are even prepared to offer him a new contract. But the allure of Champions League football might be too strong for Simon Mignolet to ignore. Moreover, his sale will also boost Sunderland’s transfer budget for the summer as the Italian manager looks to rebuild his squad.
Liverpool’s earlier interest in Mignolet has cooled down significantly as the Merseyside club is believed to be making a move for Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. So Arsenal, at the moment, won’t face any real competition for their transfer target.