Manchester United were linked strongly with Ander Herrera the last time around but the deal failed due to poor negotiation procedures adapted by United. The Manchester United negotiators involved a third party to land the Spaniard at Old Trafford.
Arsenal have been surprisingly entering into the race for the Cesc Fabregas’ clone from Athletic Bilbao. The 24-year-old, who was the subject of a very public pursuit by champions Manchester United last summer, is high on the Gunners’ wish list according to a club insider.
A source close to the Emirates Stadium told FDN the Spaniard has been identified as the man to provide extra bite at the heart of an engine room which has often been depleted by injuries this term.
Abou Diaby, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have all been sidelined while Mathieu Flamini sustained a three-match ban.
Veteran Arteta, who has little more than 12 months remaining on his contract, faces the prospect of falling further down the pecking order next term and, according to the source, may well be sacrificed in order to snap up a younger player in his position.