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Who is Mathias Olivera? The Uruguayan full-back linked with Arsenal transfer amid Edu rebuild

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Arsenal are looking to strengthen in the full-back areas this summer and as a result, plenty of names have been linked.

football.london understands that technical director Edu will look to sign at least one attacker, a central midfielder and a fullback whilst the likes of Eddie Nketiah, Alexandre Lacazette and Bernd Leno are all expected to leave the club at the end of the current campaign.

Although much of the attention will be on how the Gunners are shaping up going forward, because of Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu’s respective injury issues this season, they also need defensive reinforcements. On the list of targets, is Scottish left-back Hickey is one name that has caught the attention of Mikel Arteta and Edu. However, another name who’s been linked is Getafe full-back, Mathias Olivera.

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According to TuttoMercatoWeb, as cited by Sport Witness, Arsenal have become the latest club to join the chase for the defender, with Napoli and at least two other clubs said to have made a bid for his services. The Serie A side were said to have agreed on a fee worth €11million (£9.3million), plus €3million-€4million (£2.5million-£3.4million) in bonuses, but the report has suggested that as a result of the competition, that fee has now increased to an immediate payment of €20million (£17million).

Although there’s no indication that a move to the Gunners is at all close, Arsenal fans will be wondering about just how much he can improve Arteta’s squad moving forward. With that in mind, football.london has taken a brief look at his career so far.

Club career

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Olivera is a graduate of Nacional. After progressing through the youth setup, he made his professional debut in 2016. He played just once more for the club, as in December of that year, he was bought outright by his agent Daniel Fonseca and assigne…

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