Club director gives emphatic response on reported Arsenal midfield target
By Tom Blackburn
Lanus club director Hernan Arboleya says there has been no official contact with Arsenal about a deal for midfielder Miguel Almiron.
Arboleya has denied reports on Monday that Arsenal were in talks with the club after reportedly submitting a £9.4million bid for the 22-year-old.
“There was no official contact of any kind with Arsenal,” Arboleya told Paraguay outlet ABC Color.
“We intend [for Almiron] to stay with us until December. The important thing is that Almiron is playing.
“[We will] analyze if an offer comes. We know that Miguel Almiron will end up playing in Europe.”
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Italian publication TuttoMercatoWeb claimed on Monday that the Gunners were closing in on a move for the 22-year-old after their initial bid.
However, it was said that Lanus were holding out for £11.1million for the attacking midfielder.
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.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Rio Ferdinand claims he reached for a move to the Gunners after leaving Man United.