Arsenal line up Spanish ace as contract talks drag

Arsenal are reported to be targeting Sevilla winger Jesus Navas as a ready-made replacement for Theo Walcott, according to the Daily Star.

England international Walcott’s future at the Emirates has been thrown into doubt with talks over a new deal showing little progress, and Gunner’s boss Arsene Wenger could decide to cash in on the 23-year-old this summer, rather than lose him on a free transfer next summer. With both Chelsea and Liverpool thought to be considering a bid for the former Southampton player, Wenger has been scouting a replacement in Europe.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, new signing Santi Cazorla has persuaded Wenger to think about fellow Spanish international Navas. The 26-year-old has a £35million buy-out clause in his contract, but Sevilla are likely to accept a bid around half that amount. Navas has been with the Spanish club since 2003, appearing 243 times and scoring 23 times for the club. The 26-year-old has also represented Spain internationally, with 21 caps and 2 goals for the current European and World champions.