Arsenal prepared for shrewd business as they plot French playmaker pinch

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Highly rated Lorient midfielder Morgan Amalfitano has been linked with a summer switch to Arsenal according to the Daily Mirror.

The 26-year-old playmaker has been in fine form in Ligue 1 this season, attracting the attention of a number of potential suitors.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is renowned for his cautious approach in the transfer market, and with Amalfitano out of contract at the end of the season, a free transfer move would be regarded as another shrewd piece of business by the Emirates chief.

Arsenal have built a good relationship with their French counterparts after doing business over a deal that saw Laurent Koscielny move from Lorient last July.

They have also been linked with another of their players in the form of Kevin Gameiro who is available for around £12million, and would be open to a Gunners move after citing his ambition to play Champions League football.


Speculation linking Amalfitano with a move to England is nothing new, with the player rumoured to also be on Barclays Premier League rivals Aston Villa's wanted list.

He has been tracked by a series of Europe's elite and has made it clear that his furture lies away from his current employers and is keen to move to a bigger club.

"I have not made a decision yet, but the time has come to look elsewhere. I am 26 now and I am ready to move abroad.

"If a big French club want me, I am open to it, but otherwise I will probably move abroad," Amalfitano told Foot01 in a recent interview.

The news will likely encourage Wenger and his network of scouting staff as they step up their bid to add to the playing squad in pursuit of trophy success at the Emirates next season.

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