News emanating from Portugal this morning is claiming that Arsenal have seen a €10 million bid rejected for goalkeeper Rui Patricio by Sporting Lisbon.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola - which it is fair to say is hit and miss in terms of reliability - states the offer was rejected because it is 'too low'.
Sporting are still thought to be open to a sale, with their financial issues leading to them having to cash in on Ricky van Wolfswinkel, selling the striker to Norwich recently.
Previous reports have claimed Sporting would sell Patricio if an offer in the region of €15 million came in for the goalkeeper.
It is easy to see why the Gunners are considering signing the stopper, who at 25-years-old is Portugal's first choice goalkeeper.
He has conceded just 35 goals in 28 games for Sporting this season, keeping six clean sheets in the process. The campaign has not been an easy one for Sporting, who are seventh in the Primera Liga, and could easily slide out of the top 10 in the remaining games.
In buying him, Arsenal would be securing an international star who is approaching his peak yet has more seniority and experience than Wojciech Szczesny has to offer.
Whether the club up their offer depends on how much money they are willing to commit for other targets, and if they believe they are able to sign a goalkeeper for 10 million Euros, but it is likely Arsenal will have to release a little more funds if they are to do so.
With Patricio available for only a little more, it makes sense for Arsenal to go after him, rather than spending similar amounts on 31-year-old Victor Valdes
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