Arsenal and Tottenham must abandon plans to sign hapless Euro 2020 defender
Earlier this month it was reported by the Evening Standard that Arsenal wanted to sign Lille defender Zeki Celik. It was also claimed Tottenham were keen.
The right-back is thought to be available for around £13 million. Manchester United are keen too, although their interest is more tentative.
Celik has two years left on his contract and Arsenal are keen to sign him as an Hector Bellerin replacement.
The 24-year-old played 35 games for Lille last season, scoring four goals and claiming three assists.
Amazingly he helped the Ligue 1 side to the league title, pipping the PSG juggernaut to the post.
Celik would have been desperate to impress at Euro 2020 in order to improve his chances of a big move.
In the space of a few weeks though he has gone from club hero to international zero.
Turkey’s Euro 2020 hopes are hanging by a thread. The best they can hope for is a third place finish and even then it might not be enough to get them through.
Celik has been in shocking form during the tournament. In games with Italy and Wales he has looked jaded, fatigued and badly out of sorts.
Against the Welsh on Monday, Manchester United winger Dan James gave him the runaround.
That aspect won’t have pleased Arsenal or Spurs given that James barely gets a kick at Old Trafford.
Celik offers food for thought for Arsenal and Tottenham
A poor Euro 2020 won’t have been in the sights of Celik ahead of the tournament.
He was in brilliant form last season and arrived at the tournament full of confidence from the title win.
Arsenal and Tottenham must be alarmed at his vastly underwhelming form in Turkey’s first two games.
Both of the North London contingent are in the market for a right-back; and one who will be needed to go in and play.
Arsenal are losing Bellerin who is likely to return to Spain.
For Tottenham, Serge Aurier could leave, whilst the jury remains out on Matt Doherty.
Celik would represent a cheap option but he doesn’t seem to possess the level of quality required to play in the Premier League.
As a result, both Tottenham and Arsenal must abandon their plans to sign Celik this summer.