Arsenal lead £8m chase for Flamini Mk II: A player with great potential!

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Arsene Wenger continues his search for more talented youngsters to add to his impressive squad, whilst he takes in all the Euro 2008 action with a cheque book in hand….

As Arsenal continue to be linked with a number of emerging talents around the globe, Switzerland and Udinese’s Gökhan Inler is the latest to be named as a transfer target for the Gunners…
Inler, 23, is one of a few Switzerland players who impressed during their Euro 2008 campaign, which came to an official end on Sunday, with a win over Portugal.
However, since his emergence at the Euros and Rafael Benitez’s continued pursuit of Aston Villa’s Gareth Barry and a move thought to be imminent, Arsenal have jumped to the head of the queue for Inler’s services, with Sunderland also thought to have been watching his display against Portugal, according to a report in Blick.
The midfielder, whose release clause is said to be in the region of £8 million, would be invaluable at the Stadium of Light, but the more likely destination of the Emirates could also see him slot in as an able replacement for Mathieu Flamini, who went the other way, leaving England for Italy, as Milan snapped him up on a free transfer. (

Inler didn’t look too good in the first two group games for Switzerland, but put in an excellent show against Portugal which has led to the race for his signature being back in the tabloids. There have of course been a number of Flamini replacements mentioned in recent weeks as potential Arsenal signings, this one could actually hold water as we know that Arsene does like to sign players who are not necessarily big names, players with talent who become household names after Wenger gets the most out of them. Were Gunners fans impressed by the Udinese player at Euro 2008?

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