Arsenal wants to sign Barcelona ace

Gunners may offload one player to sign him

Arsenal endured an underwhelming season as they failed to win any silverware in Arsene Wenger’s final campaign. They finished 6th in the Premier League and will miss the Champions League next season.

Unai Emery has been appointed as the new manager of the Gunners after Arsene Wenger left at the end of the season and is charged with the task of returning the club to the European elite while challenging for major honours.

The Spaniard has targeted a defensive midfielder ahead of the next season. Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere were released by the club after their contracts expired leaving them short in that area.

The lack of a natural screening presence behind Granit Xhaka or Aaron Ramsey has often seemed to unbalance the team in recent seasons. The club are close to the signing of Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira who is expected to be announced after the World Cup but Barcelona ace Andre Gomes is also on their radar.

The Portugal International joined the Spanish side from Valencia in a deal that could reach £48 million in 2016. He was tipped to emulate Xavi having blossomed in the La Liga.

But the 24 year old has endured a nightmare two year spell at the Camp Nou on an individual level, despite the Catalan giants’ cruising towards a La Liga title and reaching the latter stages of the Champions League yet again.

He was expected to be sold last summer but stayed as the La Liga giants couldn’t reach an agreement with Liverpool for Philippe Coutinho. Ernesto Valverde is now expected to cut him loose and he is also keen for an exit as he is frustrated with limited game time.

But Emery has been given a limited transfer budget this summer and he is willing to offload a player to to land the Portuguese midfielder.

Arsenal are ready to cut ties with Aaron Ramsey in order to land Andre Gomes according to  Mundo Deportivo.

Ramsey has just one year left on his current contract and he is yet to sign a extension. The club have been in talks for past few months over a renewal but to reach an agreement.

It is believed that if the Wales International decides not to renew then the English side ready to sell him this summer rather than to let him leave as a free agent next summer.

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