Atletico Madrid prepare new contract for Arsenal forward target

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Atletico Madrid are set to offer forward Adrian Lopez a new deal in an effort to ward off interest from Premier League suitors – including Arsenal.

TalkSPORT claims the La Liga outfit are ‘desperate’ to remove a £14.4 million minimum fee release clause currently in the Spanish international’s contract, with Premier League clubs reportedly encouraged by the figure.

Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are also credited with an interest in the report, but it’s Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger who has been most heavily linked with a move recently.

The Daily Express reported yesterday (Monday) that the Frenchman was eager to raid La Liga for more talent following the success of Santi Cazorla at the Emirates Stadium, with Adrian high on the Gunners wanted list.

The versatile forward – who can also play on the wing – started his career at Real Oviedo before moving to Deportivo La Coruna in 2007 and then Atletico Madrid four years later.

His time at the Vicente Calderon Stadium has been a success thus far, leading to speculation over a move to the English top flight.

However, Los Rojiblancos appear eager to keep hold of the 24-year-old, meaning the Gunners may have to look elsewhere if they wish to bolster their ranks in the January transfer window.

A number of forwards have been linked with a move to north London – including Demba Ba and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar – and the Arsenal boss needs things to change quickly after a disappointing start to the current campaign.

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