Gunners plot shock Spanish playmaker raid - reports

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Arsenal are being linked with a summer move for Spanish midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado.

The Schalke playmaker is the latest name to be placed in the frame for an Emirates switch in the transfer window, with Adel Taarabt, Willian and Christian Eriksen all named alongside the Gunners in recent weeks.

However, Spanish publication AS claims that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has set his sights on the former Real Madrid starlet, who moved to the Bundesliga for €13 million on deadline day in August 2010.

The 24-year-old impressed on Champions League duty at the Veltins-Arena last season, alerting Arsenal and a host of clubs across Europe to the ability of the former Atletico Madrid man.

Speculation goes on to claim that Wenger will consider a cut-price move for the former Spanish U21 international should Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas make a summer exit to Barcelona.


With uncertainty also surrounding French international Samir Nasri at the Emirates as well, Wenger has been monitoring the market for players and could make a move should reinforcements be required at Arsenal.

The Frenchman confessed in May that he would look to spend money in the transfer window should the 'right' players become available to Arsenal, and the technically gifted Jurado would fit the mould often followed by the Gunners in north London.

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