Arsenal target asked: Is £16m Chelsea man's arrival a problem?

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Arsenal linked transfer target Diego has been asked if Kevin De Bruyne's signing causes further issues for him.

Brazilian attacker Diego caused much speculation late last year when he announced interest from Arsenal.

"I know there is interest from Premier League clubs. I have heard one of them is Arsenal." The Mirror reported him as stating.

The Wolfsburg man is a free agent in the summer and has not agreed any contract extension, free to negotiate with clubs.

The Bundesliga side are reportedly still keen to retain him, but Diego has also been keen to explore his options, with at 28, his career at a potential crossroads.

A return to former club Santos has been ruled out, the Brazilians unable to pay his wages, while a link up with Mesut Ozil, with who he enjoyed real success at Werder Bremen must surely appeal.

For Arsenal, the chance to sign Diego on a free, even as cover for Ozil, would surely be tempting. He is after all a player who Juventus spent €27 million on in 2009.

With Chelsea selling Kevin de Bruyne to Wolfsburg last week in a deal worth a reported £16 million, the obvious question is to whether he has been bought as a replacement for Diego.

The Brazilian was interviewed by German newspaper Bild yesterday, with the exchange as follows:

BILD: Is the commitment of Kevin de Bruyne a problem for you?

Diego: "No, why? I'm sure that Kevin makes us better. If he cooperates, we are ALL strongly. And that's good for the team and each individual player. "

BILD: Are you serious?

Diego: "Well, of course! Kevin is a great player. It is a pleasure to have him here in Wolfsburg. "

BILD: But that could be your starting place. No doubts that you will be on the bench for him?

Diego: "We can play together, no problem at all. Good players always understand each other. I'm doing my job and at the end of the coach to decide. "

The further contents of the interview involve discussions over the player's contract situation. Diego has reportedly told Wolfsburg he wants an offer from them before February, with the club' sporting director keen to make him wait amid a real stand-off.

The Brazilian proved once before that 'good players understand each other', when he combined with Mesut Ozil to help Bremen win the German Cup back in 2009.

His future appears far from certain, it's apparent the clubs are not beating down his door as he anticipated late last year.

Atletico Madrid ruled themselves out too, while Arsenal's interest remains uncertain beyond Diego's initial statement.

Should he remain a free agent, Diego would be a clever addition for the Gunners but right now he simply isn't a priority. Arsenal rarely sign players on pre-contract deals in any case, so he'd have to wait until the summer.

If we were predicting what may happen, it's that Diego and Wolfsburg will end their stand-off later in the year and commit to each other, with Diego showing signs of becoming more settled at the club.

Whether that happens depends on the confidence he displayed regarding his keeping his place in the side being well-held.

Lose his place, and a renewal at Wolfsburg may be out the window, and a big move to a major side with it. The pressure is on.

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