Arsenal are ready to renew their interest in Paris Saint-Germain striker Ezequiel Lavezzi after talks with the Parisien club over a new contract at Parc des Princes broke down.
The Daily Express reports that the Gunners have been alerted to the Argentina international's availability as they scour the transfer market for potential reinforcements following the injury to Olivier Giroud last week.
Giroud underwent surgery after damaging his ankle during the 2-2 draw with Everton at Goodison Park last Saturday, and Arsene Wenger confirmed on Wednesday that the France international has been ruled out of action until December at least.
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The setback could force the Arsenal manager to make a late move in the final days of the window, with Lavezzi eyed as a viable option to be lured to the Emirates Stadium.
According to the Daily Mirror, the 29-year-old is valued at £15-17 million, which is less than the £20 million Arsenal would have to pay just to take Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan, and so represents a much better value for money addition.
Also in the Gunners' favour is the fact that the recent arrival of Mario Balotelli at Anfield means Liverpool will no longer challenge them for the South American's signature, leaving only Chelsea as potential rivals.
Jose Mourinho has already recruited £32 million striker Diego Costa, but after the Spain international suffered a muscle injury in training earlier this week - and with Fernando Torres linked with a loan move away from Stamford Bridge - the Chelsea boss could look to add Lavezzi as an additional option in attack before the transfer deadline on September 1.
The Daily Star reported two weeks ago that the former Napoli man was on the Blues' radar even before Costa picked up a knock. Reading between the lines that could prompt the west London club back into action and rival Arsenal for the player's signature.