Madrid midfielder 'desperate' for Arsenal move - reports


Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal will not be looking to spend when the transfer window opens in January, despite Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero showing interest in a move.

The Daily Mirror reports that Granero is 'desperate' to join the Gunners in the New Year after falling down the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu, with a £5 million price-tag placed on the player's head by the paper.

Whilst Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for the 24-year-old, the French manager insists persuading his current crop to pen new deals at the Emirates will hold the key to long-term success.

"At the moment, in the transfer window we are just interested in keeping our squad," said the Gunners chief.

"We have a big squad and we are not after anybody."

Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott both have less than two years remaining on their current deals in north London, and tying the pair down to new deals at Arsenal is a priority for Wenger.

Despite his comments, players continued to be linked with a January switch to Arsenal, with Mario Gotze another name in the frame despite the German starlet limping off in their Champions League clash last night.

Mikel Artetain and Yossi Benayoun were drafted in to replace Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in the summer, but the lack of appearances for the Israeli international loanee means a potential slot is available in the Arsenal squad for a midfield addition.

And, whilst Gotze represents a quality long-term addition, his price makes former Spanish U21 international Granero a cheap option for Arsenal.

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