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Arsenal transfer news: Talks underway for Lisandro Martinez alternative after £6.4m offer | Football | Sport

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Arsenal have tabled a £6.4million offer for Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo with negotiations now underway with the Portuguese club, in keeping with reports. The 26-year-old has emerged as a recent goal for Mikel Arteta, who’s upping his seek for some additional cover for Kieran Tierney.

Initially, Lisandro Martinez was identified because the player able to step in for the Gunners but striking a cope with Ajax has proven difficult.

Manchester United are actually seemingly ahead of the Gunners within the race for the Argentine, meaning they may very well be forced to explore other alternatives.

That is where Grimaldo comes into play. In response to A Bola, Arsenal are actually upping the ante after submitting their first offer for the Benfica man.

They’ve put £6.4m down (€7m) in a bid to sign the Spaniard, who got here through the ranks at Barcelona.

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Nuno Tavares is a loan goal for Marseille, who aren’t yet giving up on the Portuguese teenager.

Real Sociedad, Atalanta and Lazio have also shown interest within the 22-year-old.

Arsenal have also monitored Oleksandr Zinchenko of Manchester City but he could yet remain with the Premier League champions.

The necessity to sign cover for Tierney was clear on Saturday when the Scotsman got here off after just half-hour of Arsenal’s friendly win over Nurnberg.

Arteta was adamant it was all a part of the plan though as he looks to rebuild Tierney’s fitness.

“He’s really good,” the Spaniard said on his full-back.

“He’s been training really good. Obviously, he’s been out for over three months now so we wanted to present him a correct warm-up, play the primary half an hour after which get him out. So he was in good condition and there are not any issues there.”

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