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Gunners face fight for Argentine hotshot

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Arsenal transfer target Matias Suarez is also being chased by Turkish side Galatasaray.

 

Arsene Wenger has reportedly been chasing Suarez for some time, but now face a fight for his signature from the Turkish giants, according to the Metro.

 

Rumours of a pre-contract agreement with the Emirates Stadium club have been denied by Suarez, but Galatasaray president Unal Aysal has confirmed he made a bid.

 

“We would like to have Matias Suarez in our team, but Anderlecht told us he is not for sale,” he said.

 

Argentine Suarez has scored 15 goals this season for the Belgian side and his performances have attracted rave reviews.

 

Argentinian journalist Javier Perez last week claimed he had spoken to the player and confirmed the pre-contract deal had been struck, but these claims were denied by the player.

 

The Gunners are thought to be on the lookout for a quality replacement for Robin van Persie and Suarez was one of a number of names put forward as possible candidates.

 

The Metro report suggests Anderlecht will only accept offers in the region of £20million for the 23-year-old, which is likely to put off the famously frugal Wenger.

 

Other striker targets being suggested are Germany international Lukas Podolski, Montpellier’s Olivier Giroud and Chelsea winger Salomon Kalou.

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