Arsenal's 'one that got away' now available for €10m - report

Inter Milan

Thought to be in Arsenal’s grasp three years ago and linked with Manchester United in January, Ricky Alvarez is reportedly set to leave San Siro this summer.

Once viewed as a wonder-kid in his native Argentina while playing for Velez Sarsfield, Ricky Alvarez has never quite lived up to the hype with Inter.

The play-maker landed in northern Italy in the summer of 2011 after initial reports claimed he had signed with Arsenal.

Any disappointment Gunners fans had about missing out seemed to quickly melt away, however, as Alvarez failed to really get out of first gear in Milan.

In his first two seasons in Nerazzurro, Alvarez registered just 27 Serie A starts as injuries, inconsistency and a revolving door of coaches hampered his development.

This term, the Argentine finally looked to be turning the corner under boss Walter Mazzarri with four goals and six assists ahead of Italy’s traditional winter break.

Manchester United were in turn linked with a January move for the former Arsenal target, but it would never materialise as the Red Devils splashed the cash to sign Juan Mata.

And Alvarez’s form has fallen by the wayside in the aftermath - resembling his previous struggles at San Siro - as he has registered just two assists since the turn of the New Year.

Despite this severe drop in form, Inter seemed keen on handing him a contract extension that would keep him at the club beyond 2016 in the past months.

However, Alvarez has reportedly rejected the Inter hierarchy’s salary offer of €1.8million-a-season, and the Serie A giants are now reportedly prepared to let him walk this summer for €10million.

Alvarez would be a bit of a gamble for any side willing to take him on at that price, considering that he’s been unable to sustain good form for any stretch beyond a few months in Europe.

It is unlikely either Arsenal or United will go for him at this point - as both are stocked with attacking midfield options - so a Premier League future would require another suitor.

The latest rumours have suggested Dortmund are interested in the Argentine, boss Jurgen Klopp possibly seeing him as a ‘talent rescue mission’ in the mould of Philippe Coutinho.

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