Arsenal close to agreement for £23m STAR: Surely Alonso would be better!

Wenger has once again been linked with a bid for this somewhat-overpriced Portuguese midfielder!

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Arsenal are reportedly lining up a bid for Sporting defensive midfielder Miguel Veloso.
Veloso has been a target for the Gunners for most of the summer as coach Arsène Wenger has been looking for a new midfield solution following the departures of Gilberto Silva and Mathieu Flamini.

It is believed that Wenger dispatched scouts to watch Veloso in action on multiple occasions during the last season, having received good notes of the quality of the 22-year-old, who represented Portugal at Euro 2008.

Veloso had a €30 million (£23m) release clause attached to his contract until the 15th June, but Arsenal never confirmed their interest and the midfielder’s move to North London failed to materialise.

Reports coming from Portugal suggest that Arsenal have already enquired Veloso to know his availability and what would be required to bring him to Emirates Stadium.

Sporting are allegedly willing to do business for Veloso for the right figure after learning of his interest in a new challenge. Arsenal have already begun talks over a transfer and an agreement could be reached in the next few days. (

According to this source, the deal is very close to completion, but I find that very hard to believe. Of all the midfielders linked with replacing Flamini, this Sporting man seems like one of the least likely purchases. At 23m, this would be one hell of a risky signing. Yes this battler is good, but he’s not that good, and nowhere near as good as Xabi Alonso, who seems very close to being sold by Liverpool.

Arsene has already made it clear he has one more big signing to complete before the season starts, and I simply don’t see Veloso being that buy. Who would Gunners fans most like to see filling the midfield berth? Is there someone at the club already capable of filling the role or would Xabi be a better bet?

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