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Arsenal Confident of Completing £8m Signing Of Spanish International

Arsene Wenger keen to bring Villarreal keeper to the Emirates Stadium.

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£8m rated Diego Lopez is considered to be one of the most consistent keepers in Europe and perhaps he is not considered a household name outside La Liga simply because his international hopes are somewhat constrained by the presence of Iker Casillas as the permanent Spanish number one as well as the fact that the 29 year old also plies his trade with the slightly unfashionable but nonetheless very effective side Villarreal.

Lopez has been at the Yellow Submarines for three and a half years and was previously at Real Madrid where once again Casillas stood in his way. Arsene Wenger appears to be a big fan of the big goalie and is lining up a move for his services.

If Villarreal manage to hold onto to a top four finish then it may be harder to convince Lopez to leave the Castellón side but a move to the Premier League may be too tempting to turn down. Wenger does not appear happy to stick the contingent of keepers he currently has.

Manuel Almunia seems likely to move back to Spain, Lukasz Fabianski, though improved, is still prone to mistakes and is sidelined with a long term injury. Youngster Vito Mannone is on loan at Hull City and may also be set to leave the Emirates. The club’s current number one choice, young Polish international Wojciech Szczesny has shown great maturity, but perhaps he is not ready to be the full time first choice Gunners keeper?

Arsenal will launch a bid for Villarreal’s highly rated goalkeeper Diego Lopez in the summer, reports suggest.

Goal.com Spain comments that Arsene Wenger, who is thought to be a long-time admirer of the Spanish international shot-stopper, will test the Yellow Submarine’s resolve with an approach at the end of the season.

Despite the recent emergence of Wojciech Szczesny, the Gunners still regard a new goalkeeper as their main priority, and view the 29-year-old as one of the best in Europe.

Wenger’s scouts continue to provide glowing recommendations for Lopez, and although the Madrigal club are unlikely to show any desire to lose their experienced glovesman, the Londoners remain confident of concluding a deal.

SOURCE: Goal.com

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