Should Arsenal swoop in for €15m goalkeeper as Monaco stall and replacement is signed?

Monaco are for once stalling on a transfer fee ... should Arsenal reap the rewards and sign Rui Patricio from Sporting Lisbon?

Arsenal are reportedly looking for goalkeepers this summer - after a season in which the Polish pair Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski were both unconvincing in their separate ways.

The former was in poor form for most of the campaign - while the latter is just too prone to injury to be a reliable number one stopper.

The list of names linked with the Gunners, who have since been crossed off the list, is growing day by day.

Victor Valdes, Simon Mignolet, Pepe Reina, Asmir Begovic, Rene Adler … all reported goalkeeping targets who, for whatever reason, slipped through their fingers.

One player linked with the club this summer has been a constant - Brazilian international Julio Cesar.

The 33-year-old wants to be playing top level football next term after QPR’s relegation last season. Napoli failed to come to an agreement with the player - who has admitted a desire to stay in London.

But this rumour has now rumbled on for over two months. He won’t demand much of a transfer fee and he has been back from the Confederations Cup triumph for a while now - yet still nothing official.

If Arsenal wanted him, surely they would have him by now?

Which leads you to conclude Cesar is not an option.

Perhaps the Gunners won’t go for a new stopper after all - or they are waiting for the perfect option.

That perfect option could be Sporting Lisbon keeper Rui Patricio. If that is the case then events of the past week will fill the Gunners with optimism.

Firstly there was the rather shocking news that Monaco cannot afford him. The free-spending principality side were heavily linked with a move for the Portuguese stopper all summer - but they are reportedly refusing to be held for ransom on his price tag

It is believed Monaco will only go up to a figure of €12 million for the player - with Sporting looking for €15 million.

Those negotiations have been protracted and the general feeling when reading reports in both France and Portugal is that the parties are not exactly on great terms over the deal.

But now a move could be stepped up - as the Lions look to bring in Adam from Real Madrid on a free transfer.

He is currently in Spain, staying behind with the Real Castilla to keep fit while the first-team squad travels to America.

However a deal to Sporting looks to be on the verge of completion.

That means Rui Patricio will be available this summer - and with Monaco stalling surely Arsenal, for once, should be the team to dive in and swoop for their man.

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