Arsenal & Chelsea dealt transfer blow over £6.4m Spanish midfield target

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Arsenal and Chelsea appear set to miss out on Spanish midfielder Benat.

The Daily Express cite reports in the player’s homeland when claiming that Fenerbache manager Hasan Cetinkaya is in Seville attempting to negotiate a deal for the Real Betis star.

The report goes on to claim that a £6.4 million bid has been lodged for the 25-year-old by the Turkish outfit, who has four-caps at international level.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been linked with a number of midfielders in recent weeks, with the Frenchman looking to strengthen in the position during the January transfer window.

Younes Belhanda, James McCarthy and Mohamed Diame are amongst the other players to have been linked with the Gunners, and would all add depth at the Emirates Stadium if they joined this month.

Were Benat to join Arsenal, he could play alongside compatriots Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta in a Spanish midfield three.

Chelsea, meanwhile, were linked with a move for Benat at the start of the week, as the club prepare for life without Frank Lampard in west London.

The England international is out of contract at the end of the season, and poised to move away from Stamford Bridge with no new Blues offer on the table.

The Daily Star claimed the Chelsea would have to spend £16 million to bring the player to west London, but it appears Fenerbache might be able to land the player for a much lower price.

Manchester City have also been linked with a move for the player by The Daily Express, but it now appears that they are another Premier League club destined to miss out on the former Athletic Bilbao starlet.

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