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Long-term Arsenal Serie A target offered in swap deal - time to make a move?

Gokhan Inler has reportedly been offered to Inter Milan in a swap deal. Could Arsene Wenger finally get his man?

At the end of April an agent called Dino Lamberti had these words to say regarding a long-term Arsenal transfer target:

"Despite the many requests for him, Gokhan wants to stay where he is. There are a lot of clubs, very important ones of the highest level, who have told me that they are ready to sign him if he is unhappy in Naples. But he wants to stay and he loves Napoli.’’

The player in question is of course Swiss international Gokhan Inler; whom Arsene Wenger has been a massive fan of since his days at Udinese.

And you can understand why as he truly is a Premier League mould of a player. Industrious but technical his bullish central midfield style would fit seamlessly into the Arsenal way of playing the game; and add that little bit of bite that many would say they have been missing in the heart of the midfield.

At 28-years-old Inler should be entering his peak years as a midfield talent but as you have read already above there does not seem to be any sign of him wanting to leave Tuscany any time soon.

But while Inler may indeed want to stay; that is not to say Napoli want to keep him.

Inler is still very much a first-team regular at the club but in the last two months has seen himself more out of favour than ever before at the Stadio San Paolo.

Now reports are emanating from Italy that Partenopei are willing to let the 60-cap international exit the club.

Even more dramatically has been the recent method that they wish to let him leave; as a bargaining chip in another midfield deal.

Corriere dello Sport says that negotiations have begun that would see Napoli offer Inler in exchange for Inter Milan’s Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin. Guarin himself only joined the Nerazzuri from Porto in 2012 but Napoli hope that Inter’s failing to make European football next season could lure him away from the San Siro in the search of Champions League football; and are happy to cut ties with Inler to do so.

Inler himself may want to stay but the rumour mill points to a general apathy on his clubs stance in regards to him remaining a Napoli player.

While Arsenal do not have the depth of talent in midfield to offer a competitive swap deal; they may decide to act on this apathy by making a bid themselves.

Would you like to see Gokhan Inler at The Emirates next season?

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