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Arsenal could target cut-price deal for £35m midfielder, if his club is relegated

Arsenal could reportedly seek to sign midfielder Marc Roca for a reduced price, should Espanyol get relegated from the Spanish top-flight at the end of the season.

The midfielder was previously on the club’s radar during the 2019 summer transfer window but they decided to snub his services to land Daniel Ceballos on a season-long loan.

Ceballos has experienced a mixed set of fortunes with the north London side but he was able to command regular gametime before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Still, there are doubts whether the club will turn his deal into a permanent one and a recent report claimed that Roca has been identified as a probable replacement.

Spanish outlet La Razon has now indicated that the Gunners could prise away the midfielder on a cut-price deal from Espanyol, suppose the Catalan side are relegated from La Liga.

Espanyol are presently at the bottom of the standings with a six-point deficit to safety and they face a battle on their hands to beat the drop, having managed just four wins over the course of the season.

Roca, who currently has a £35m release clause in his contract, is a defensive midfielder by trade and he possess similar qualities to Granit Xhaka, being left-footed and tendency to excel with his long-ball distribution.

He has, however, averaged nearly 2.5 tackles per 90 minutes in the league and that is superior to any other midfielder present in the Gunners ranks at the moment.

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