Arsenal target undergoing medical but not at Emirates, claims Romano

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Arsenal previously registered interest in Mathias Olivera. But it now seems that the Italian side Napoli will secure his signature, Romano said.

The Gunners ended their season with an astounding win over Everton by 5 – 1. Arteta’s young guns put on a show at the Emirates Stadium and the crowd enjoyed that. However, this win was not enough for Arsenal to qualify for the coveted UEFA Champions League. They finished behind their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs at 5th position. Because of that, they are back in Europe but have to stay content with Europa League.

Slipping up in the North London derby and then agaisnt Newcastle United at St. James Park proved too costly for the Gunners. They won only 5 and lost the rest 5 in the last 10 matches of their Premier League campaign. This enabled Tottenham to catch up and eventually surpass them in the points tally. Their inability to qualify for the Champions League will hamper their chances to secure the pre-determined transfer targets.

Arsenal was interested in Olivera

Reports on Monday from Tuttomercatoweb claimed that Arsenal was in the chase for a left-back in the market. They marked Getafe’s Olivera and will chase for his signature during the transfer window. On the other hand, Napoli also registered keen interest in Olivera for months and tried to work a deal out.

While this deal was a drag, Arsenal and Benfica made their interest known. The asking price for him was only £17 million. But now it seems that move is shattered.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claimed that Olivera is undergoing a medical with Napoli ahead of a permanent transfer from Getafe. The move was ‘verbally agreed’ in January and set to finalize now.

With Arsenal out of the picture from the deal, they will navigate further to sign a left-back. Nuno Tavares had a difficult start to his career in London. It is also feared that he won’t be the best man to cover in place of Kieran Tierney.

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