Arsenal are eyeing up a £4.4 million bid for Chilean World Cup ace Charles Aránguiz, according to reports in his home country.
Aránguiz was part of Chile's World Cup squad in Brazil over the summer, and according to Chilean source La Tercera the Gunners' are scouting the 25-year-old.
The source claims that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been receiving back regular reports on the midfielder, who featured in all four of his country's World Cup games.
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Countryman Alexis Sanchez made the switch to the Emirates Stadium over the summer and has been an instant success, and according to La Tercera the dynamic winger has been in the ear of his manager trying to persuade him to snap Aránguiz up from Internacional.
The Brazilian club are reportedly unwilling to do business at the price Arsenal want to pay, but may be willing to talk if an offer north of £5 million is forthcoming.
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Aránguiz can be deployed as a defensive midfielder but would likely be used in a more conventional role in the middle of the park - an area where Wenger currently has plenty of options including Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky. However the French boss may decide to mix things up in the summer which could prompt Aránguiz's arrival.
The Gunners are going nicely at the moment in the Premier League and currently sit in third place, just a point behind Manchester City in second. They also have an FA Cup semi-final coming up next month against Reading, however they were eliminated from the Champions League at the hands of Monaco last week.
They take on Newcastle at St. James' Park tomorrow afternoon.
There will be few Arsenal fans familiar with the name Charles Aránguiz, and even fewer will know what type of player he is. According to WhoScored, the 25-year-old is a midfielder who likes to play short, sharp passes and keep play ticking over, which would fit well with Arsenal's style.
While the Gunners have gone big in the transfer market in recent seasons, Wenger has kept his knack for signing relatively unknown players such as Krystian Bielik too.
Are there any truth in the rumours coming from Chile about Aránguiz? It's far too early to tell, but his is a name worth keeping an eye out for in the future if it crops up again.
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