Arsenal transfer news: Gunners miss out on late Almiron move

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1st Sep, 2016 | 9:42pm

Agent: Arsenal close to signing midfield international

By Alex Taylor

Arsenal are closing in on a deal for Miguel Almiron despite missing out on his signature this summer, according to the player’s agent Daniel Campos.

The Sun claim that the the Gunners failed in an approach for the Paraguayan international midfielder but could still complete the deal sometime in the future.

The report says that Almiron, who plays for Lanus in Argentina, was expected to replace Bournemouth loanee Jack Wilshere before the transfer window shut on Wednesday evening, but the deal did not go through.

“Actually there was an approach,” Campos told The Sun, citing Sport Witness. “But it didn’t go any further. I see it more for the future. No doubt he’d be delighted to play in the Premier League and for Arsenal.”

The 22-year-old scored four goals and one assists in 16 appearances last season and despite having three years remaining on his current contract, could be tempted by a move to the Premier League.

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Almiron can operate as a left-winger but is also effective when deployed in a central-midfield role or on the right flank.

Arsene Wenger faced a barrage of criticism again this summer for what many fans perceived to be a reserved approach to spending.

Despite protestations the Frenchman did spend £88million on Shkodran Mustafi, Lucas Perez, Granit Xhaka, Rob Holding and Takuma Asano to bolster his squad this summer.

In other Arsenal transfer news, legend Paul Merson has slammed the club for allowing Jack Wilshere to leave on loan this summer.