Euro giants in stunning swoop for 31-year-old Arsenal star
Arsenal full-back Nacho Monreal has reportedly drawn interest from Italy, with Roma ready to make a move in the summer.
Since leaving Malaga for North London in 2013, Monreal has shown to be a big hit at the Emirates Stadium with 168 matches being made in all tournaments.
But, the 31-year-old has not always provided his best form this season, and it seems that the Serie A side are ready to make the North Londoners an offer.
As reported by the Transfermarketweb.com, Roma have already made an enquiry in regards to the Spaniard’s potential availability at the end of the season.
Monreal remains the first choice at Arsenal and holds a deal until 2019 however with a significant reshuffle expected at the club; it is unknown whether Arsene Wenger would consider the full-back, not for sale.
The footballers have started 30 of Arsenal’s 33 games in the Premier League this campaign.
Meanwhile, Arsenal looks set to miss out on their top targets this summer if, as is expected, the North Londoners fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Arsene Wenger’s team are now six points off fourth place and have Manchester United, Southampton and Everton to come in their final five matches.
The club’s incompetent to qualify for the competition for the first time in 21 seasons would cost the club around £45million in income. However, the knock-on effect on signings will be even famous.
Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette announced yesterday that he’s willing to leave the club, however, won’t join a side outside of Europe’s elite tournament.
As reported by the Telegraph, the North Londoners want Southampton centre-back Virgil Van Dijk and Valencia’s Jose Luis Gaya. However, Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City lead the way.
If The Gunners miss out on their priority targets, the futures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will come under greater examination.
The duo both have 13 months to run on their current deals at the Emirates and have so far rejected to secure new contracts.
Keeping the duo will be crucial if the club miss out on the Champions League, where The Gunners have made between £20m-45m a campaign over the last decade.