Goal.com claims that Arsenal are lining up a move for Portuguese midfielder Miguel Veloso as a possible replacement for Mathieu Flamini, but may be deterred by the high price tag put on the star.
Rumours have strongly linked the London club with a move for the Sporting Lisbon ace, with many seeing the Portuguese midfielder as a direct replacement for Mathieu Flamini who left the Emirates Stadium earlier this summer.
Veloso is renowned for his superb technique on the ball and despite his style of play differing from Flamini Arsene Wenger believes the midfielder will easily fill in the role Flamini used to play.
On top of this Veloso is also very versatile and able to play in defence; a position which Wenger himself has admitted his team are short on.
Veloso is believed to be ready to leave Portugal for a new challenge, and a move to Arsenal would present the Sporting midfielder with his wishes.
At the age of 22 Veloso, the Lisbon star is just the right age for Wenger but, with Ã‚Â£16 million being the figure quoted in the press Wenger may see himself priced out of a move for the Portuguese ace.
Veloso is set to be involved in PortugalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Euro 2008 campaign, and the players performances in the tournament could also dictate the price he leaves for.
However, with other Premiership and La Liga clubs said to be interested, it is unlikely VelosoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s price-tag will lower significantly.
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