Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen to sign Malaga left-back Vitorino Antunes when the transfer window re-opens in January, according to recent reports in the Express.
The 28 year old has only spent one season with Malaga but impressed with his solid defensive displays during his debut season in La Liga. The former Roma defender’s contract is due to expire in the summer of 2016 and has yet to agree a new deal, allowing Arsenal to capitalise on the potential doubt surrounding his long term future.
It further states that the Gunners will offer a modest fee in the region of £2.5 million to land the Portuguese left-back in January. Malaga are open to offers for the 28-year-old, who could provide valuable back-up for Kieran Gibbs and competition for Nacho Monreal.
Antunes has played modestly for Portugal,and has eight caps to his name, though he has seldom played regularly because of the presence of Fabio Coentrao as the first choice left back.
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Antunes originally joined Malaga on loan in January 2012 before making the move permanent the following summer and the Portuguese international has made almost 50 appearances for the La Liga club. He is known for being an attacking full back, has pace and possesses great delivery in the box from set pieces and from open play.
Wenger already has two solid options at left-back in Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal, while the likes of Mathieu Flamini and Francis Coquelin can also fill in there, so I don’t really see the need to bring in another option on the left side of defence. The French manager might want a cheap, experienced back-up, but I feel that he should be concentrating his efforts on bringing in a centre-back and a world class defensive midfielder in January.
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