Diego is out of contract this summer.
Diego is out of contract this summer. .

Arsene Wenger eyes Atletico Madrid midfielder

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Arsenal are considering a free transfer move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Diego this summer.

The Daily Star reports how the 29-year-old has emerged as a surprise target for the north London club, less than six months after arriving at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Diego departed Wolfsburg in January in order to experience Champions League football, but has seen his first-team opportunities limited by Diego Simeone during the second half of 2013/14.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is ready to hand the former Brazil international an escape route from Atletico Madrid, with the offer of more regular action at the Emirates Stadium.

With Kim Kallstrom set to return to Sweden upon the expiry of his season-long loan deal this summer, Arsenal will be in the market for another playmaker.

The South American fits the bill in terms of experience, and would represent a low-risk option given that he wouldn't cost the typically frugal Frenchman a single penny, with his short-term contract in Spain set to expire in June.

However, Arsenal will face competition for Diego's signature, with a number of rival suitors back in the player's homeland also ready to hand him a deal.

It remains to be seen whether Simeone sees the attacking midfielder as part of his long-term plans with Atletico, but could yet offer Diego a renewed contract to extend his stay in La Liga.

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