by Lewis Ambrose
Arsenal and Chelsea are being linked with Chilean midfielder Charles Aránguiz following his incredibly impressive Copa América campaign, with the midfielder eager to play in the Premier League.
Playing alongside current Arsenal star Alexis Sánchez, Aránguiz was central to the success of the host nation as Chile won the Copa América for the first time in the 99 year history of the competition.
The midfielder plies his trade in Brazil for Internacional and also impressed at last summer’s World Cup. Following to good summers in a row for the national team, interest in the player is high as various clubs are exploring the possibility of bringing him to Europe.
Former Chile manager Marcelo Bielsa is currently in charge of Olympique Marseille, who are interested in the midfielder replacing Gianelli Imbula, who was sold to Porto. Bayer Leverkusen are also said to be consdering a move, but Aránguiz would love to play in the Premier League, as confirmed by Cesar Behlung who represents the 26 year-old.
“Aranguiz prefers the Premier League,” said Behling.
“But Marseille and Ligue 1 also have a great reputation and can’t be ruled out.”
Arsenal have been linked with the midfielder various times over the past year, and he confessed it would be a dream to play for Arsenal back in March.
“They’re a great team, and it would be a dream but for now that’s all it is, a dream,” he said after representing Chile in a friendly against Brazil at the Emirates Stadium.
“I don’t know anything about it. I’ve heard about it through the press but nobody has talked to me.”
There has been nothing to suggest that Arsenal interest is genuine, or that it has been followed up, and with Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere already fulfilling the role of a tenacious creative midfielder it would be a surprise to see Arsenal make a move.