Hector Herrera a smart target for Arsenal

According to Corriere dello Sport, via Sport Witness, Arsenal are amongst the top European clubs interested in securing Hector Herrera’s signature should he become a free agent at the end of the season.

What’s the story?

The Mexico international midfielder is currently in the final year of his contract with Porto, and unless new terms are agreed, he will be able to depart the club as a free agent come the summer.

Having won the Portuguese top flight title for the first time in his career last time out, and at 28-years-old, now could be the perfect time for Herrera to take the next step in his career. His consistently good form since arriving at Porto, coupled with his soon-to-be free agent status, ensures that he will attract the attention of many top sides.

Should the dynamic midfielder become available, Arsenal ought to be ready to do all they can to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.

Ideal for Emery

Herrera is a player made for the Premier League and would be a perfect fit in Unai Emery’s side. His battling, relentless style makes him ideally suited for the Spanish manager’s hard, high-pressing system.

As a powerful box-to-box operator, Herrera is exactly the kind of player the Gunners could soon find themselves missing too. With Aaron Ramsey himself heading towards the expiry of his contract and Mohamed Elneny so far seemingly not a part of Emery’s plans, a player in Herrera’s mould could soon be at the top of the North London club’s shopping list.

With a Transfermarkt valuation of £18 million, landing the midfielder for nothing would be a major coup, not to mention a huge step forward in Emery’s process of building an Arsenal team in his own image.