Arsenal interested in Chile midfielder Aranguiz

Arsenal are looking into the possibility of making a move to sign Chilean international defensive midfielder Charles Aranguiz, who they have tracked since last summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 25-year-old currently plays in Brazil for Internacional, and reportedly caught the eye of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger with his performances for his country at the 2014 World Cup. He scored in a famous 2-0 win over Spain in helping the side through to the knockout stages, where they lost in a penalty shootout to the hosts in Belo Horizonte.

Aranguiz is owned by a third party, but should be available for a fee in the region of £5.5m, while securing a work permit is unlikely to be a problem. Despite never having played in Europe, Aranguiz was once co-owned by Spanish club Granada and Italian side Udinese, who are both controlled by the Pozzo family, who have since also taken over current Championship leaders Watford.

Capped 31 times by Chile, Aranguiz is likely to be the subject of a bid from Arsenal in the summer, but will have competition for places should he join, with Francis Coquelin having recently established himself in the holding midfield role.

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