Arsenal & Napoli In Battle For Highly-Rated Uruguay Centre-Back

Both clubs will wait until central defender has made a full recovery from injury before making their moves. 

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Arsenal are set to go head-to-head with Serie A high-flyers Napoli in the race to land experienced Juventus defender Martin Caceres at the end of this season, according to reports in the Star on Sunday.

Head coach Arsene Wenger has been keeping close tabs on the highly-rated Uruguay international all summer long, with a view to bringing the 26-year-old to north London this season in order to help strengthen the Gunners at the back.

However, the Frenchman’s inquiries about Caceres’s availability were reportedly given short shrift by Juve boss Antonio Conte, and now the centre-back has picked up a serious-looking knee injury while recently away on international duty.

Caceres is set to shortly undergo arthroscopic surgery after an MRI scan on his injured right knee revealed a torn external meniscus, but it is believed that the Gunners will now closely monitor the Uruguayan’s recovery this season, before then deciding whether or not to return with an offer for Caceres next summer.

The central defender, who has a contract in Turin that runs until June 2016, has been with the Serie A champions since January 2012, when Caceres arrived at the ‘Old Lady of Italian Football’ on an initial loan deal from Liga outfit Sevilla, before the player then signed a permanent four-year deal with Juventus in May of that year.

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