Arsenal have opened talks with Swansea City over a potential deal for their star player Ki Sung-Yueng, reports Sky Sports News.
The Gunners are on the lookout for a holding midfielder this summer and have been heavily tipped to make a move for Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin.
However, the emergence of Francis Coquelin has left manager Arsene Wenger wondering whether the £25m needed to sign Schneiderlin would be a waste.
Sung-Yueng has emerged as a key player under Garry Monk this season and particularly impressed during the Swans' recent 1-0 win against the Gunners at the Emirates.
But while the South Korean has been in fine form, it is believed a deal could cost Arsenal significantly less than any deal for Schneiderlin and may be why Wenger has made such a positive move towards signing him.
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The 26-year-old played 33 games in the Premier League this season, scoring eight goals in the process. Many of those games were played in a holding midfield position.
Swansea would certainly look to make a sizeable profit on the £7m they paid to sign him from Celtic in 2012 but an official asking price is not mentioned in the post.
Arsenal are reported to have £50m to spend on both transfers and wages this summer with Wenger believed to want a defensive midfielder and a goalkeeper as a priority.
Chelsea's Petr Cech is rumoured to be their top target to replace David Ospina with a bid of £10m and wages of £120,000-a-week thought to be on offer.
Schneiderlin would be the perfect defensive midfielder, but it would certainly push Coquelin out of the first-team. Having seen him emerge as such a tenacious midfielder himself, Wenger may be unwilling to drop the 24-year-old from the squad.
But Wenger should not fret about the prospect of having two quality players in each position and should still pursue whoever he believes is the better option for Arsenal.
Now the financial restraints are off, Arsenal should be looking to get 22 players as close to world-class standard as possible. Only then will they be able to challenge the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea.
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