Arsenal have made an approach for Paraguay international Miguel Almiron but are yet to firm up their interest with a bid for the Lanus winger, according to the player's agent. The Gunners have signed six players during the summer and with just hours to go until the window slams shut it has emerged the club have attempted to swell those numbers.
The 22-year-old Almiron moved to Lanus in the summer of 2015, where he has since scored four goals in 27 appearances in all competitions. His impressive club career has seen him fast tracked into the senior Paraquay side, for whom he featured at the Copa America in two of their three group matches having made his international debut in 2015.
A flurry of South American publications including La Nacion and Deportivo Valenciano have compared Almiron to a young Angel di Maria, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid wideman who is currently with Paris-Saint Germain. Arsenal are the first Premier League side to be linked with his services but a deal looks unlikely to be completed before the 11pm deadline on 31 August.
"Actually there was an approach, but it didn't go any further," representative Daniel Campos told Sport Witness. "I see it more for the future. That's up to Lanús [his valuation]. But around €10m [£8.5m, $11.12m]. No doubt he'd be delighted to play in the Premier League and for Arsenal."
Germany international Shkodran Mustafi became the sixth and what is likely to be final addition at Arsenal this summer, joining Lucas Perez in moving to north London on the penultimate day of the window. The 24-year-old is thrilled at having completed the move which followed intense interest from manager Arsene Wenger.
"When a club comes in and shows interest, and it's a club like Arsenal, that makes you feel special," he told the club's official website. "When I heard of the interest and I saw people trying to get me here - and the situation wasn't the easiest one – but when you see that people really want to get you here, it gives the feeling that you're really wanted. That's why I'm here right now."