Arsenal are one of three clubs to make a bid for Udinese 24-year-old Nahuel Molina, according to a report.

UDINE, ITALY: Nahuel Molina of Udinese Calcio celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and AS Roma at Dacia Arena on March 13, 2022. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
UDINE, ITALY: Nahuel Molina of Udinese Calcio celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and AS Roma at Dacia Arena on March 13, 2022. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Marca report that Altetico Madrid have made a bid for Nahuel Molina of Udinese, but they aren’t the only ones. Juventus and Arsenal have also submitted significant offers for the Argentina international.

Udinese aren’t keen to let Molina go on the cheap, as he has a contract until 2026 and ended the season with eight goals and five assists in 37 appearances.

Molina is ostensibly a right-back, though he’s played as a right-wing-back this season, which is why his goals and assists tallies are so high.

With Takehiro Tomiyasu’s injury problems in his first season at Arsenal, it seems the Gunners are on the lookout for a strong alternative when the Japan international is unavailable.

Perhaps Mikel Arteta might also be looking for a right-back who can provide a bit more of a threat in the final third, as Tomiyasu is more defensively-focused.

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: Nahuel Molina of Argentina fights for the ball with Miguel Navarro of Venezuela during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification match between Argentina and Venezuela at Estadio Alberto J. Armando on March 25, 2022. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: Nahuel Molina of Argentina fights for the ball with Miguel Navarro of Venezuela during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification match between Argentina and Venezuela at Estadio Alberto J. Armando on March 25, 2022. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

If Arsenal are going to sign Molina, their best bet may be to include Pablo Mari in a potential deal.

Mari joined Udinese on loan in the January transfer window, and he helped them steer clear of any threat of relegation as they moved up the table from 15th to 12th after his arrival.

The centre-back started 15 games in that time, only missing two matches in the four months following his debut.

Previous reports claim Udinese are asking for €25-30m for Molina, but they may consider dropping the price in return for Mari’s permanent arrival in Italy.

Mari has already confirmed he’d like to stay with Udinese, and reports suggest they want to keep him.

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