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‘An important player’: Lionel Messi a big fan of footballer Arsenal are reportedly looking at

Arsenal reported target Rodrigo De Paul is an “important” player for Argentina, according to Lionel Messi.

According to Tutto Udinese, the Gunners are monitoring the Argentina international’s situation at the Italian club.

Mikel Arteta is reportedly weighing up new options in midfield ahead of the next Premier League season.

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Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard were only on loan at Arsenal and are now back at Real Madrid.

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Arsenal could potentially also lose Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles amid exit links.

Arsenal would be landing an “important player”

De Paul was in Copa America action for Argentina on Monday night.

He delivered a decent and hardworking, albeit somewhat unspectacular, display against Chile.

Argentina could only pick up a 1-1 draw against their opponents, and will next be in action on Friday against Uruguay.

Prior to the game, Messi said, as quoted by Tuttomercatoweb: “De Paul is an important player on the pitch, both with and without the ball.

“Little by little, we got to know each other and it suits me to play with him,”

“Could play for any club in the world”

A versatile and talented player with plenty of experience at the highest level, De Paul is highly rated at Udinese.

To date he has made 184 appearances, registering 34 goals and 36 assists, and surely it won’t be long before he’s on the move.

“He lacks absolutely nothing, he could play in any club in the world,” his former boss Julio Velazquez told Gazzetta Dello Sport, via Tuttomercatoweb.

“He has also improved on the defensive level and in attack he improves the team.”

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