Norwich City are reportedly lining up a move for Arsenal’s Ignasi Miquel, after seeing centre-back Ryan Bennett ruled out for up to two months with an ankle injury.
The 24-year-old was taken off on a stretcher during Saturday’s derby win over Ipswich Town, and has now undergone surgery which will see him sidelined for six to eight weeks, forcing the club into the transfer market for defensive reinforcements.
While the move was originally thought to be a loan, Norwich manager Neil Adams wants to bring the former Barcelona academy product to Carrow Road on a permanent deal, with the two sides set to agree on a £1.5 million fee.
Miquel, 21, was once a highly-rated prospect at Arsenal, but has featured sparingly for the Gunners since his first-team debut in 2011, spending the 2013-14 campaign on loan at Leicester City, where he made just seven league appearances.
Having first joined the club in 2008, aged 16, the Spain under-21 international is entering the final season of his contract at the Emirates, and has been linked with a move throughout the summer.
He had declared last month that he wanted to stay in North London to fight for his place but, despite Thomas Vermaelen’s departure to Barcelona opening up an opportunity, Arsene Wenger now appears willing to let him leave the club.