English Premier League (EPL) club Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has turned his focus to Yacine Brahimi of FC Porto after a move for Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez bid failed to materialize.
The Algerian was left out from the team in his club’s recent Champions League qualification match and this has raised speculation that the 26-year-old will leave for greener pastures. Porto value the player at $52.31 million, as reported by Mirror.
Premier League clubs, Chelsea and Liverpool have also shown their interest in signing Brahimi. With Mahrez signing a new four-year contract with Leicester, Wenger has changed his attention to the Porto winger’s availability.
The man born in Paris, France has expressed his desire of leaving Porto this season and wants to play for a bigger club in Europe. His recent first-team exclusion in the Champions League qualification match has further fuelled the speculation.
Meanwhile, Arsenal is set to miss out on Atletico Madrid defender, Jose Gimenez. The La Liga club has insisted that they won’t be selling the 21-year-old defender unless Wenger decides to match his $73.23 million buyout clause.
It is being reported that the Gunners offered Gimenez a much better pay package than what he is getting at Atletico. But, the Los Colchoneros is adamant of holding on to the player as they are unwilling to negotiate.
As of the moment, Johny Evans of West Bromwich Albion and Shkodran Mustafi of Valencia remains the primary center-back target for Wenger.
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