Arsenal make shock move for Raphael Guerreiro

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Arsenal are ready to use strong links with French side Lorient to sign another exciting prospect, with the Daily Mail reporting that Portuguese international Raphael Guerreiro has emerged as a surprise transfer target in the last 48 hours.

Guerreiro is primarily a left-back but can play further forward on the wing if required, representing a versatile option that the Gunners would like to add to their squad in January if Lorient are willing to do business.

The 21-year-old has been capped by his country twice and is rated as one of the most promising young players in French football, despite quite controversially opting to play rather than the country of his birth.

Classic Wenger signing in the works?

Lorient's versatile youngster certainly fits the bill of an Arsene Wenger signing, with the raw potential to play in the Premier League and the ability to be developed to play in a different position.

Wenger certainly needs midfield options far more than left-backs at this present moment, with Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal ensuring that it's one of the only places on the pitch Arsenal are virtually fully stocked for the time being.

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Are Lorient willing to do business?

Wenger is definitely looking to Ligue 1 for cost-effective January transfer targets, with Saint-Etienne captain Loic Perrin also eyed as a potential short-term solution to their problems at centre-back.

Guerreiro has a bright future in the game and would also be ready to jump straight into first-team contention, but it remains to be seen if Lorient are prepared to cash in on a key member of their squad in the middle of the campaign.

Lorient are currently just two points off the relegation zone and can scarcely afford to lose any first-team players, let alone a player with four goals so far this season and international recognition under his belt.

If Wenger is looking for left-sided option who is prepared to take on his fair share of defensive reponsibility Guerreiro certainly fits the bill, although it may not be the eye-catching defensive midfield signing Arsenal fans are crying out.

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