Arsenal striker target Abel Hernandez is facing up to six months on the sidelines after breaking his anterior cruciate knee ligament whilst on international duty with Uruguay.
Fernando Llorente, Stevan Jovetic and Adrian Lopez were also said to be of interest to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, but it appears the Frenchman can take Hernandez off his wanted list.
It’s not just the injury that appears to be the stumbling block either, as the former Penarol starlet is keen to stick with the Rosanero next season despite being linked with north London, Inter Milan and Roma.
“Palermo is a club and a city that I am very fond of and I don’t think that I let an opportunity of a lifetime go,” he told Corriere dello Sport.
“Every year many transfer rumours go round, but the Rosanero are my present and I have nothing else in my mind. I’m very happy in Italy and would like to stay here for many years to come.
“I am sure that my teammates will do very well in my absence. This squad has quality and everything needed to go far.”
Hernandez started his career at Central Espanol before moving to Penarol and then Palermo, who he signed for in 2009.
Arsenal and the Premier League is now unlikely to be his next destination however, as Wenger looks to add to his attacking options alongside Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski at the Emirates.