Arsenal set to make summer move for £35m-rated midfielder

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Arsenal are reportedly interested in securing services of Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca.

The 23-year-old defensive-minded midfielder came through the youth system at Espanyol and has since played 51 games for the Catalan outfit’s first-team, founding back of the nets six times in the process.

This campaign, the Spaniard has managed to found back of the net twice and provided three assists in 33 games in all competitions, and German champions, Bayern Munich are thought to be huge fan of his talent.

According to Sport, the Gunners have identified the talented midfielder as an ideal summer signing, although the North London club might be forced to activate his €40m (£35m) release clause to finalise a deal.

Espanyol are currently bottom of Spanish top-tier, six points from the safety of 17th position, although there is no guarantee that the 2019-20 season will be allowed to resume following the coronavirus.

Everton have also recently been credited with a strong interest in the holding midfielder who has been tipped to have a bright future.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are believed to be interested in the signing of Adrien Rabiot from Serie A champions, Juventus, according to a report.

Calciomercato reports that Italian champions are open to the idea of selling the 24-year-old Frenchman at the end of the current campaign, a year after securing his services from PSG for free.

Rabiot is believed to have attracted the interest of the Gunners, however, Mikel Arteta’s side would have to match his hefty wage demands.