By Matt Farr
Arsenal are seeking a cut-price deal to land Southampton winger Dusan Tadic this summer, according to a report.
Italian news outlet Tuttomercatoweb claim that Arsenal have joined three European giants in the hunt for the 28-year-old, as they seek a long-term replacement for Mesut Ozil.
It is believed that Tadic could be available for as little as £13million this summer due to a release clause in his contract, but Arsenal fans won’t be impressed with the club’s latest reported target.
The Premier League giants could be set to sacrifice one of their best players in Ozil as their prolonged contract stand-off continues, and if they were to sell, fans will be praying they set the bar much higher than the Saints ace.
The Serbia international has performed well for Southampton this season, scoring three goals and contributing seven assists, but he is still considered well below a player of Ozil’s calibre in terms of quality.
Italian duo Juventus and Napoli are also believed to be considering a move for Tadic this summer, as well as La Liga giants Atletico Madrid.
Tadic is under contract at Southampton until 2020, but the release clause in his current deal could see him quit St. Mary’s on the cheap in the summer.
Football Insider verdict
While their precarious Premier League position will be a major concern for Arsenal, arguably their most pressing concern lies in the futures of senior trio Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Arsene Wenger. But if Arsenal are looking to prepare for life without any or all of the trio, they must aim higher than Tadic. The Southampton man would be a decent squad player – he’s an Arsenal-type player and has show in fits and bursts what he’s capable of – but even as a low-cost option he doesn’t significantly improve the squad. A lack of Champions League football next season could see Arsenal struggle to land the top names, but fans will be hoping they can do better than this.
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