The London giants have agreed on a €2m deal with Ligue 1 club Dijon to add shot-stopper Runar Alex Runarsson. Iceland international will sign a five-year deal with Arsenal, before sealing the transfer the goalkeeper will undergo a two-part medical in France.
It’s claimed that the first stage of Runar’s testing will take place in French club, with the second and final check-ups to take place in PSG. Gunners are in need of a new backup for Bernd Leno following the £20m sale of long-serving shot-stopper Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa.
Alex is ready to be part of Gunners squad for this weekend’s PL clash with West Ham. Runarsson was No.1 for Dijon in his debut season of 18/19 but was dropped to second-choice the last term and hasn’t featured for the side that looks resigned to relegation from Ligue 1 this campaign.
Runarsson has kept only seven clean sheets in 45 games for Dijon, the shot-stopper has won five senior caps for Iceland to date. The relatively unknown goalkeeper could settle in smoothly at Emirates as he’ll be under the tutelage of ex-manager in Inaki Cana Pavon, who also worked with Alex at FC Nordsjaelland.
An announcement is expected to confirm the move in the next 48-72 hours and the Spanish manager has hinted another new goalkeeper could yet follow. Arsenal had a £10m offer for Brentford’s David Raya rejected as they look to bolster their options to back-up Bernd Leno.
Asked about Alex at his press conference on Friday, Mikel Arteta said: “We are looking in the market and I think we will shortly in a position to announce a new signing.”