Arsenal’s out-of-favour central defender Sebastien Squillaci is set to be given a Spanish lifeline.
Barcelona club Espanyol are interested in signing the Gunners’ former France international, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.
The club from Catalonia want to sign the player, but their well documented financial problems mean the £4million asking price could prove troublesome.
Squillaci only arrived at Emirates Stadium last summer, but has been in disastrous form since.
Many feel he was being made a scapegoat for Arsene Wenger’s wider defensive problems, but a series of blunders saw him cast out of the first team.
The 31-year-old was set to go out on loan to Championship side West Ham United, but Arsenal are reportedly unwilling to agree to anything other than a permanent deal.
Sport say that Espanyol have already made an offer for the player, which Arsenal are currently mulling over.
The former Sevilla and Monaco player has not been attracting any interest, despite the Gunners making his availability known around Europe.
The Spanish club are struggling to pay their own players, so an offer form them is likely to be far removed from Arsenal's valuation.
Newly mega-rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala are also reported to be interested and they will have no trouble matching Squillaci’s current valuation.