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Arteta holds talks with £23m star as Arsenal eye audacious swoop for world class ace

According to reports in France via talkSPORT, Mikel Arteta has held talks with Thiago Alcantara amid speculation Arsenal are trying to sign the £23m-rated Bayern Munich star this summer.

Thiago has been one of the best midfield playmakers on the planet in recent years and proved it once again with a virtuoso performance during Bayern’s 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final on Sunday.

However, the 29-year-old is set for a move this summer as he has just one year left on his contract and has informed the Bundesliga giants that he won’t sign an extension as he wants a new challenge abroad.

The situation has led to Liverpool being strongly linked but it appears Arsenal are also eyeing a move for Thiago as talkSPORT are citing French journalist Patrick Moreau as claiming that Arteta has held talks with the midfielder on the phone.

The news comes after the Daily Mail claimed over the weekend that Arsenal had lodged an enquiry about signing Thiago but were struggling to meet Bayern Munich’s £23m asking price.

As per the newspaper report, Arsenal would also need to offload some players in order to make room for Thiago with the club trying to find buyers for…