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Jose Callejon offered to Arsenal in tempting cut-price deal

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Jose Callejon could be set for a future move to Arsenal, with reports suggesting that Napoli have offered the Gunners the chance to sign the Spaniard in a cut-price deal.

Former Real Madrid forward Callejon was heavily linked with a potential switch to Chelsea during the most recent transfer window, yet speculation originating from Portugal  - helpfully cited by the Daily Express - now claims that he is unsettled at the Stadio San Paolo and that manager Rafael Benitez is willing to part with his services for a fee of just £16 million. 

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Arteta key?

While it is not made explicitly clear if Arsenal - or indeed any other of the teams that have been contacted with regards to Callejon's potential availability - will be eager to take Napoli up on their generous offer, the same source further reports that the player's supposedly strong friendship with Gunners captain Mikel Arteta could encourage him to opt for North London.

Callejon has only been at Napoli for a total of 15 months and he has actually started the season brightly, remaining consistent with four goals in six Serie A appearances even as Gli Azzurri have made a slightly stuttering start to the campaign.

The 27-year-old's impressive form and guaranteed starting berth gives little clue as to the reason behind his apparent unhappiness although we can presume that it must be fairly serious if Napoli are willing to sell such a key asset at a far more modest and affordable price than they were initially demanding over the summer.

Arsenal options

With Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry now back in training following injury and Olivier Giroud believe to be recovering from a broken tibia comfortably ahead of schedule, Arsene Wenger should not be short of quality attacking options by the time the January window opens for business.

Callejon's passing, ball retention and goal threat will presumably make him an attractive proposition - particularly for the price currently being mooted - in the experienced Frenchman's eyes, although it seems likely from his most recent quotes this week that the recruitment of a new central defender will be his chief priority moving forward.

The Gunners - much like rivals Manchester United - have fallen victim to an extraordinary sequence of rotten luck with injuries in that particular area of late, with Laurent Koscielny's long-running achilles problem and Calum Chambers' suspension potentially leading to unfancied Spanish full-back Nahco Monreal partnering the experienced Per Mertesacker in the heart of defence for Saturday's visit of Hull City.

Defender incoming?

"I agree we could have bought one more player but we didn’t find one. But we will try in January to rectify that because we are a bit short because of the injuries we’ve had," Wenger admitted at Arsenal's AGM earlier this week.

He did not elaborate any further with regard to potential targets, sadly, although strong rumours have circulated in recent days that Arsenal are preparing to test Celtic's resolve with a bid for Dutch international Virgin van Dijk.

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