By Joe Nelson
Arsenal have opened talks with Argentine club Lanus about signing Paraguay international Miguel Almiron, according to a report.
Italian publication TuttoMercatoWeb claim that the Gunners are closing in on a move for the 22-year-old, and have reportedly bid £9.4million for his services.
However, Lanus are said to be holding out for £11.1million for the attacking midfielder.
The site says that talks are underway between the two clubs as they hope to reach a deal before the close of the window on Wednesday.
Almiron joined Lanus last summer from Paraguayan outfit Club Cerro Porteno, where he had graduated through the youth set-up before breaking into the first team in 2013.
He represented Paraguay at this summer’s Copa America and has three caps for his national side in total.
Almiron featured in 16 games for the Argentine club last season and the Arsenal move would come as a surprise after it looked like Arsene Wenger had finished his transfer business over the weekend.
In addition to the imminent arrivals of Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez, Arsenal have already signed Granit Xhaka, Takuma Asano, Rob Holding and Kelechi Nwakali this summer.
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