Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Mario Suarez, after it was revealed that the Spanish champions have signed a replacement for him on a short term basis, as reported by the Daily Express.
The La Liga giants are expected to have to fend off bids for Suarez during the January transfer window, with the Gunners joining Napoli in being keen on tempting him away from the Spanish capital.
With the possibility of the defensive midfielder moving on, Atletico have moved swiftly after the reopening of the transfer window, bringing in 33 year old Villarreal midfielder Ruben Cani on loan to provide back up options.
While Suarez has made 18 appearances this season and Cani does not exactly measure up to him, he is a veteran with top flight experience, and provides a more economically viable option for the cash strapped side.
As a result, Cani’s arrival could see Suarez leave, but Arsenal will have to fight off Napoli to secure his signature.