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Report: Arsenal closing in on 54-goal freebie, ‘very advanced talks’ in progress

Arsenal are in ‘very advanced talks’ with Yacine Brahimi, according to La Gazette Du Fennec.

The Algeria international is available on a free transfer after a five-year stint at FC Porto.

It’s been a frustrating summer so far for Arsenal, with Unai Emery’s £45 million transfer budget seemingly making life difficult.

A host of players have linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, but no official transfers have yet been made.

Brahimi could potentially be the first through the door if La Gazette Du Fennec are to be believed.

Despite the ‘advanced talks’, Arsenal face competition from Turkish trio Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas who have all made offers.

TBR’s view

With Emery having to be cautious with his spending this summer, Brahimi could be a shrewd acquisition.

The 29-year-old has chalked up 54 goals and 43 assists in 215 appearances for the Portuguese giants.

There are question marks against him in terms of stepping up to play in the Premier League, but surely he is worth the risk as a free transfer.

Arsenal desperately need fresh impetus in the wide areas with both Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan inconsistent at the moment for the Gunners.

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