Gunners 'locked in transfer battle' for Nasri target

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Arsenal face competition from AC Milan in the race to sign defender Mehdi Benatia.

The Udinese centre back has impressed in Serie 'A' after joining from French side Clermont in the summer, with the Gunners thought to be one of those tracking the player's progress.

Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has urged manager Arsene Wenger to make a move, and the club are locked in battle to sign the player according to talkSPORT. Milan are also considering a summer swoop.

"I know that Arsenal and Milan have been showing interest, but I am happy at Udinese and have a contract for five-years," the Moroccan international told Italian press.

Wenger is known to be in the market for a defender, with the Arsenal chief failing to land a player in the position in January despite attempts in both the permanent and loan markets.


Per Mertesacker, Gary Cahill and Jan Vertonghen are also thought to be on the radar of the north London club, with injuries these season exposing a threadbare defensive line at the Emirates.

With Wenger still searching for a long-term partner for Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal are almost certain to be in the market at the first opportunity come the end of the season and Benatia appears to be an option.

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