Arsenal want to complete signing of £13m star ahead of Premier League rivals


Arsenal are prepared to fight it out with Atletico Madrid for the services of Southampton midfielder Dusan Tadic during the summer transfer window.

The Serbia international has integrated well into the Saints setup since he arrived from Dutch side Twente in the summer of 2014.

A report from Metro suggests that the 28-year-old is on the radar of a whole host of clubs with Arsenal and Atletico Madrid being among the key contenders for his services.

Alongside the pair, the likes of Manchester City, Roma and Napoli are also understood to have expressed an interest in pursuing the versatile midfielder.

Tadic, who has a contract until the summer of 2020, has struggled for consistency this campaign with manager Claude Puel opting to play him in a more central role.

In spite of this, the Serbian is said to be highly regarded by his suitors with the Gunners looking to compete with Atleti in order to secure his signature.

A report covered last month suggested that Tadic has a £13m release clause in his present contract, and this could be the key reason behind the Gunners’ pursuit of his services.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is well known to nick a bargain in the transfer market over the years, and Tadic may have been identified as a potential option to bolster the midfield department ahead of the 2017/18 season.

Jack Wilshere would have been the perfect player to add quality to the Gunners squad, but he is likely to be sidelined for a lengthy period of time after he sustained a leg fracture on loan at Bournemouth.

Tadic has netted three goals and assisted a further five for Southampton, who are placed ninth in the Premier League table.

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