Arsenal's Aurier alternative? World Cup right back and long-term target available for just £5.5m

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Genoa have reportedly slapped a £5.5m price tag on Croatian full back Sime Vrsajlko - who could be a target for Arsenal this summer.

Arsenal are poised to lose long-serving right back Bacary Sagna to Manchester City this summer, as the Frenchman will move to the Etihad Stadium at the end of his contract. The former Auxerre man becomes the latest Gunners star to sign for City, after the signings of Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy and Sami Nasri in recent years - leaving Arsene Wenger with a big hole to fill in his defence.

Its been widely expected that Toulouse star Serge Aurier will be the new man in the defence for Arsenal, having impressed in Ligue 1 this season. However, the deal seems to be taking an awfully long time to conclude - leading some to believe that it could have hit a snag.

Aurier has impressed with Ivory Coast at the World Cup, notching two assists in their comeback win against Japan at the weekend, but they could rekindle their interest in another World Cup full back if they can't tie up a deal to bring Aurier to North London.

Wenger's men have long been linked with a move to sign Vrsajlko, even as far back as his days with Dinamo Zagreb. Now, Vrsajlko, who started at left back for Croatia in their opening game of the World Cup against Brazil, though his natural position is right back, is playing with Italian side Genoa.

They paid £3.2m to land him last summer, but with speculation linking the 22-year-old with an exit to either Arsenal or Serie A rivals Fiorentina and Inter, it's believed that Genoa will accept a bid of around £5.5m for Vrsajlko - cheaper than the reported £7m it would cost to sign Aurier.

The £5.5m fee would be reasonable for a 22-year-old international full back, and the news could trigger Arsenal to make a bid - especially if they can't close the deal to sign Aurier.

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