Arsenal are edging closer to a deal for Paraguay international midfielder Miguel Almiron, according to ​reports in Italy, via ​The Mirror.

The 22-year-old, who was given his international debut at this summer's Copa America, signed for Argentine champions Lanús in 2015, making the move after coming through the youth ranks at Cerro Porteño.


According to Tuttomercatoweb, Arsenal are in talks with Lanús and hope to secure a deal before Wednesday's transfer deadline day. Sources on Twitter have claimed that €13m would be enough to bring the talented youngster to Europe.

If the attacking midfielder completes a move to North London it will mark an unusually busy week in the transfer market for Arsenal. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger confirmed on Saturday that both Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez sealed moves.

The late flurry of transfer action comes off the back of heavy criticism from Arsenal supporters, who were frustrated that Granit Xhaka was the only apparent big-money signing of the summer.

Xhaka, 23, impressed during Arsenal's 3-1 win over Watford on Saturday, more than justifying his £34m price-tag.

And Wenger has heaped praise on the Switzerland international, comparing him to ex-Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit

“He is a guy who plays naturally behind the ball,” said Wenger, as quoted in ​The Mirror.“He is a bit similar to Petit in the way he plays football. He likes to sit, give good long balls and be available with the centre-backs.

“I believe he has a good mixture of short and long balls, in midfield it is important for us to sometimes stretch the opposition defenders.

“We have a game that is based on shorter passes than other teams so sometimes you have to have a player who can kick the longer ball which gives us a chance to get some oxygen and some space.”