Arsenal fight Barca for Spanish star

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Arsenal are reportedly the new favourites in the race to sign Sevilla winger Jesus Navas.

The 24-year-old international recently impressed during a string of cameo performances for the Spanish national side during their successful World Cup campaign, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reportedly taken a shine to the speedster.

Juventus, Real Madrid and Chelsea are also thought to be keen on the player, who has spent his entire career at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán after joining them as a teenager in 2000 from Los Palacios.

After a season with the B team, Navas made his debut for the Rojiblancos in 2003, and has since made over 250 appearances for the La Liga side in all competitions.

Italian website Tutto Mercato place the Gunners in pole position to sign the player, stating the importance of captain Cesc Fabregas in any possible deal for his compatriot.

The site also reports that Sevilla have placed a €30 million asking price on Navas's head, although Arsenal would be keen to negotiate if they were to bring the player to the Emirates Stadium.

Frenchman Wenger would have to deal with the player's homesickness problems, a factor which has prevented the player from winning more caps for his country thus far.

Despite this, Arsenal are still thought to be keen to cultivate a deal for the player and could go to the table soon over a possible deal when the transfer window re-opens.


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