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Roma reportedly ready to battle Arsenal for experienced wideman Yacine Brahimi



Roma reportedly ready to battle Arsenal for experienced wideman Yacine Brahimi

The Italian side reportedly want him to replace Stephan El Shaarawy.

Roma are ready for a transfer tussle with Arsenal over Algerian international Yacine Brahimi, according to Italian outlet Repubblica.

They report that the Serie A club want the free agent winger to replace Stephan El Shaarawy, who is bound for a move to the Chinese Super League so badly that he’s their top target.

But there is apparently an acknowledgement in Rome that getting Brahimi – on the back of a season where he scored 13 goals (Transfermarkt) for Porto before his contract came to an end – will be complicated by Arsenal’s interest.


At 29, perhaps Brahimi doesn’t have the age profile many top clubs are looking for these days, but the fact he is available on a free looks to have made him more appealing.

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After a summer where they have been linked with the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Ryan Fraser, getting the ageing Brahimi in on a free would likely be slightly underwhelming for the Gunners fans.

The nature of the club’s financial situation may necessitate a move for him – but it would surely be better to simply hand an opportunity to Reiss Nelson if a big-money winger doesn’t come in.

Also, free agents generally demand higher wages these days – which is part of the reason why Arsenal couldn’t keep Aaron Ramsey – so the Brahimi deal may not come cheap, especially as it’s likely to be his last big contract.

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