Reports in this mornings Spanish press are suggesting that Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero looks set to reject Arsenal, in favour of a move to Malaga.
The 24-year-old had been courted by the Gunners, who saw him as an ideal replacement for the departed Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.
The north London club have been tracking the former Spain Under-21 midfielder for some time and had hoped to be able to persuade him to make a move to the Emirates.
The player has struggled to hold down a first team spot at Real Madrid where Kaka, Mesut Ozil, Gokhan Inler and Nuri Sahin are all in contention for places in the Spanish giants midfield.
Spurs were also on Granero’s trial and had considered him as a possible replacement, had Luka Modric decided to move to Chelsea.
However,it now appears that Granero would prefer to stay in La Liga and may end up at big spending Malaga.
In other news
Arsenal have been watching CSKA Moscow’s teenage keeper Sergei Revyakin and will make a bid for the player at the end of the season.
Manuel Almunia looks certain to leave the Emirates this year and Lukasz Fabianski has already indicated that he wants to move on in search of regular football.
According to reports in the People, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has sent scouts over to Russia to watch Revyakin and if their reports are positive, he will consider an approach next summer.
The 16-year-old keeper initially caught Wenger’s eye during the Under-17 European championships, when he was one of the star’s of the tournament. It is believed that the player will cost up to £5m should Wenger decide to make a bid.