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Arsenal are believed to be close to sealing a deal for Torino’s Italian international winger Alessio Cerci, while they have also agreed to meet the buyout clause of QPR striker Loic Remy.
The Daily Star reported yesterday that Cerci was left out of his team’s squad to face Inter Milan this weekend, increasing speculation linking him with a move to England.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Gunners have also upped their bid for Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, while manager Arsene Wenger will go head-to-head with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho over the £8.5m capture of Loic Remy.
It could prove to be a busy deadline day for the North London club, as they seek the additions to their squad that will confirm their status of Premier League title contenders.
Cerci, 27, has scored 21 goals in 72 Serie A appearances for Torino since joining the club in 2012, while he has also been capped 13 times by his country since making his debut last year.
Sokratis, 26, joined Dortmund last year from Werder Bremen, and made 30 league appearances in 2013-14. He has also been capped 51 times by Greece, and scored his team’s goal against Costa Rica at the World Cup this summer. He is viewed as the ideal replacement for the departed Thomas Vermaelen, but could cost upwards of £15m.
Remy, 27, has now had his £8.5m release clause met three times this summer. Liverpool eventually rejected the player after complications with his medical, but Chelsea and Arsenal have both emerged as late contenders for the Frenchman’s signature.