Arsene Wenger leading race to sign Joao Moutinho

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Manchester United were close to completing a double raid from AS Monaco after signing Radamel Falcao, when they narrowly missed out on midfielder Joao Moutinho in the summer.

But now it seems as though Arsenal are likely candidates to land the £30 million midfielder, despite continued interest from Louis van Gaal, according to the Daily Express.

Arsenal interest

Moutinho's agent, who he shares with his former team mate Falcao, has revealed that the Portuguese man is unhappy in the south of France and is willing to listen to offers from other clubs.

But the 28-year-old will not be cheap, as Monaco have slammed a £30 million price tag on him. Despite a hefty sum of money, Arsene Wenger shouldn't show much reluctance to splash the cash in January, with his side's deteriorating form off the back of a shameful 2-1 defeat to Swansea.

Arteta issue

Mikel Arteta is under the spotlight for replacement, as his frustrating injury saga continues after picking up yet another casualty a few weeks ago against Anderlecht in the Champions League.

"Mikel is struggling a lot at the moment and Jack is finding it hard to find his feet, so yes it has to be said we shall be looking," he confirmed to reporters in a conference on Thursday.

"Mikel is struggling a lot at the moment and Jack is finding it hard to find his feet, so yes it has to be said we shall be looking"

However, Arsenal will have to fend off ongoing attraction from Champions League rivals United, who have previously shown interest in Moutinho, as well as north London noisy neighbours Spurs,

Moutinho, 28, joined AS Monaco from Porto in 2013, making 43 appearances for the French club. The midfielder is also a regular asset in Portugal's national team, with 76 international caps under his belt with two goals.

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