Arsenal have reportedly set their sights on pursuing the signature of Pablo Fornals from Villareal when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year.
The Gunners boss Unai Emery witnessed the arrivals of Lucas Torreira and Mateo Guendouzi in the club’s midfield during the summer and the duo have since settled in quickly to become key figures in the centre of the park.
Despite this, the north London giants seem keen on pursuing another central midfielder in the New Year but this time around an attack-minded one in the form of Fornals.
According to The Sun, Emery’s team are keeping close tabs on the player’s developments and they could make an approach at the turn of the year.
It is added that the player could be available for a relatively cheaper sum with him possessing a release clause of around £17.8m written into his existing deal with the Yellow Submarines.
Fornals is generally a central midfielder by trade but there have been several occasions this season where he has featured higher up the field in an attacking midfield role.
Nonetheless, this has not reduced his impact on the opposite end of the field and he has shown the urge to track back and make key tackles in defensive minded situations.
Considering this, he appears an all-round player who would perfectly fit the scheme of things under Unai Emery and reports indicate that he could emerge as a potential replacement for Aaron Ramsey.
Ramsey has already had a contract offer rescinded by the Gunners earlier this season and as things stand, he appears likely to part ways with the club when his existing deal expires at the end of the season.
Aside from Ramsey, there have been question marks laid on the future of Mohamed Elneny of late and they are suggestions that he could be offloaded at the turn of the year in order to finance the move for Fornals.
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