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Arsenal Hope To Complete £36.5m Double Midfielder Sweep Next Week As Wenger Targets A Back-Up For Sami Khedira

Gunners target two central midfield stars to boost lineup.

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Arsenal are hopeful of wrapping up a double move to boost their central midfield options next week as they close in on deals for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho and Atletico Madrid’s Josuha Guilavogui.

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The Metro reported on Saturday morning that the Gunners were close to agreeing a deal for the Sporting Lisbon star.

Having been a major target for both Manchester United and Real Madrid this summer, Carvalho’s move was made difficult thanks to the £37m release clause installed in his contract, though the Portuguese giants are now said to be willing to lower that fee considerably.

The Gunners have been in dire need of a new defensive midfielder ever since Alex Song moved on to Barcelona in 2012, and have themselves been linked with a plethora of names ahead of the upcoming season.

However, despite being one of the most in-demand names in European football now, it is believed that only Arsenal have launched an official bid, a £24m offer was rejected by Sporting last week, and the Gunners seemingly have a clear path to his signature now.

The two clubs are close to agreeing a fee for the youngster, which is thought to be closer to the fee that was rejected by the Portuguese side.

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