Mi­ral­las is lined up for an Ars kick­ing


Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JON WEST

BEL­GIUM striker Kevin Mi­ral­las has re­vealed Ar­se­nal have lined him up for a pre-dead­line switch.

The Gun­ners have al­ready been busy in the trans­fer mar­ket this sum­mer as they pre­pare for life with­out Robin van Per­sie.

Euro 2012 strik­ers Lukas Podol­ski and Olivier Giroud are ready to be­come Emi­rates heroes this term.

But boss Arsene Wenger feels his squad could still do with an ex­tra for­ward, es­pe­cially as Mi­ral­las can also op­er­ate as a winger.

And he would cost just £6.4mil­lion thanks to a clause in his cur­rent con­tract with Greek out­fit Olympiakos.

Mi­ral­las said: “My agent has talked with Ar­se­nal and of course that would be a great op­por­tu­nity for me, but the move is not easy.

“The clause in my con­tract is for £6.4m, if a club pays that I go. But I do not think that Olympiakos would let me go for less.”

Mi­ral­las is keen to come to Eng­land and Ar­se­nal are his first choice fol­low­ing chats with fel­low Bel­gian Thomas Ver­mae­len.

He said: “Thomas

is play­ing well at Ar­se­nal and now a lot of Bel­gian play­ers are in the Premier League.

“Mov­ing to Eng­land would be a good op­por­tu­nity for me.”

Mi­ral­las would fill the gap left by Nick­las Bendt­ner, who knows his time at Ar­se­nal is com­ing to an end.


The Dane said: “Ar­se­nal is not an op­tion and that is some­thing both the club and I agree on.

“I ex­pect to have re­solved my sit­u­a­tion be­fore the win­dow closes. There are ne­go­ti­a­tions in the works.”

Bendt­ner has al­ready snubbed more than one club will­ing to give him and his enor­mous ego a space in the dress­ing room.

He added: “There are a lot of dif­fer­ent rea­sons for that.

“I have three de­mands and I won’t sign a deal with a club who aren’t pre­pared to fill those de­mands.”

Wenger has quashed a tide of spec­u­la­tion from Spain that mid­fielder Alex Song is on his way to Barcelona.

But the Gun­ners do seem to be lin­ing up Celtic’s South Korea star Ki Sung-Yueng.

Atletico Madrid, QPR and Ful­ham are also keen but Celtic are hope­ful of an £8.5m of­fer from Ar­se­nal.

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