Monaco pondering €12 million swoop for Arsenal target

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Portuguese international Rui Patricio could be leaving Sporting Lisbon, but for Monaco and not Arsenal as previously suggested.

Arsenal's goalkeeping situation remains in flux, with Wojciech Szczesny no doubt spending the summer a worried man.

The latest reports have claimed QPR's Julio Cesar is edging closer to a move, a wise move for Arsenal if they are able to pick up the Brazil international at a bargain price.

Arguably the best 'other' option linked is Portugal's number one Rui Patricio, who is said to be up for sale by Sporting Lisbon due to the club's financial woes.

At 25-years-old he is an entirely different option to Julio Cesar, one who could eclipse Szczesny on a long-term basis rather than two or three years.

And the decision between the two might just be taken away from Arsene Wenger, amid reports his former club Monaco are eyeing up the star.

Portuguese newspaper A Bola report that Monaco are 'pondering' a €12 million offer for Rui Patricio, as they seek to continue strengthening ahead of their return to Ligue One.

Patricio would join fellow Portugal internationals Joao Moutinho and Ricardo Carvalho at the club who signed from Porto and Real Madrid, along with Colombians James Rodriguez and Falcao who also made big money moves.

It has been no secret Monaco are in for a goalkeeper, they were pushing strongly for Victor Valdes, also a target for Arsenal before he announced he would stay at Barcelona until 2014.

Should they push ahead with their interest in the available Rui Patricio it would be a shrewd move, and one which may help push Julio Cesar to Arsenal as one of his main rivals to get the nod from the Gunners may soon no longer be an option.

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