Emirates Stadium side battle North London rivals for Lazio midfielder who is keen on making Premier League move.
Arsenal and Spurs on red alert as Lazio prepare to sell Brazilian Hernanes
Lazio are ready to cash in on Brazil midfielder Hernanes amid strong interest from the Barclays Premier League.
Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool scouts have all watched the versatile 26-year-old, who is ready to move at the end of the season.
Hernanes impressed after joining the Italians from Sao Paulo for £11.2million two years ago, but Lazio boss Edy Reja is prepared to sacrifice him because he is too similar to in-form Italy international Stefano Mauri.
Hernanes, with eight goals in 29 Serie A appearances this season, has grown frustrated at being substituted in 20 of his 26 starts.
Lazio, however, have indicated that they want at least £16m for him.
Hernanes has grown as a player since leaving Brazil and is seen as having similar characteristics to Cesc Fabregas that would suit the English game.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Whilst Arsenal have in some ways effectively replaced Cesc Fabregas with Mikel Arteta there may well be space for another creative midfield addition to the Gunners squad. 26 year old former Sao Paulo man Hernanes has been a big success in Italy and is a player Lazio would be loathed to lose and it’s a tad surprising to hear this source state that the Rome based side would be ready to offload such a talented player.
The rangy midfielder has notched up a very healthy total of 21 goals from 65 appearances for the Stadio Olimpico side as well as a host of assists and he has the tough tackling edge to be able to make it in the English top tier and £16m seems a fair price to pay for his services.
Arteta hasn’t been all that prolific in the goals department, his thunderous strike again Man City on the weekend being only his sixth in 36 matches, and there are not a great many goals coming from Arsene Wenger’s other midfield options with the likes of Alex Song, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Aaron Ramsey not being feared scorers.
Tottenham on the other hand get a fair few goals from the likes of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Rafael Van der Vaart and Aaron Lennon and one would imagine that Champions League football qualification would be a big pull for Hernanes so if either of these North London sides fails to secure a top four finish then their hopes could be thwarted.