Gunners set to swoop for Blues' Brazilian defender

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Arsenal are reportedly lining up a move for Chelsea outcast Alex in a bargain deal.

The Daily Mail is reporting that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is lining up the Brazil international, who was transfer listed by Andre Villas-Boas.

The new Chelsea boss is keen to overhaul his squad at Stamford Bridge and accepted a transfer request from Alex.

It now appears that the Arsenal chief is ready to renew a summer interest in bringing the 29-year-old defender to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have serious injury problems in the defensive department and Wenger feels he needs more Barclays Premier League experience in his back-line.

All of Arsenal's recognised full-backs are out of action and Wenger has been forced to deploy centre-backs in the wide berths.

However, the Frenchman will have to compete with Italian side Juventus in his hunt for Alex's signature.

The Serie A side are reported to have made their interest known to Chelsea regarding the player's availability.

Wenger is said to be a long-term admirer of the former PSV Eindhoven stopper and reportedly had two approaches turned down in the summer.

With Alex currently being on the transfer list, Wenger feels that he can acquire him at a vastly reduced price in January.

The Brazil international has been training with the reserves with fellow outcast Nicolas Anelka.

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