Rumour: Arsenal ponder move for Atletico Madrid’s Diego
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is interested in signing Altetico Madrid midfielder Diego in the summer, report the Daily Star.
The 29-year-old joined Diego Simeone’s side as recently as January of this year, but only agreed a six month contract so he is available on a free transfer at the end of the season.
However, Atelti, who have a crucial month ahead of them with a Champions League final and delicately poised La Liga title race, are reportedly keen to retain the Brazilian’s services.
Diego spent time with the Spanish side during a loan spell from Wolfsburg before making his deal more permanent but is believed to want to assess his options in the summer.
The midfielder has also attracted interest from a number of clubs in his homeland, but an offer from the north Londoners could prove too good to turn down.
After an unsuccessful stint with Juventus in 2009/10 many derailed Diego’s ability to perform at a prestigious club, but his stunning long range effort against Barcelona in the Champions League this season proved that he still has plenty to offer.
Diego’s Atletico team mate Diego Costa has been linked with Chelsea and Arsenal and will be unwilling to oversee a break up of what has become a hugely succesful team during the current campaign.
Meanwhile, Wenger is planning to bolster his squad in the summer as he is reportedly set to be handed a significant transfer budget. But with a wealth of midfield talent in his squad, the Frenchman could opt to strengthen other areas before he would consider a move for Diego.