Arsenal are 'edging closer' to signing Claudio Yacob, it's been claimed today.
Reports surfaced yesterday that the Gunners showed their interest in the final week of January, with Arsene Wenger spotting the potential for a cut-price deal and making an enquiry to Racing Club over their captain.
Whilst neither club confirmed the approach for the combative midfielder, who has been compared to Argentine compatriot Javier Mascherano, press speculation in England today suggests a move remains a realistic possibility.
The 24-year-old is out-of-contract at the end of the season, and the three-cap international would reduce the wage bill dramatically at the Estadio Juan Domingo Perón if he were to leave La Academia.
Yacob's move would not help solve the current injury crisis at the Emirates Stadium, with Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby both long-term absentees for Arsenal in their fight for a Champions League place.
He would add some South American swagger to the north London outfit's midfield though, something Arsenal could use long-term in the fight to remain a Premier League force. Available on a free, Yacob also represents a free transfer bargain for Wenger.