Spartak Moscow creative midfielder Jano Ananidze has revealed that Arsenal have previously tried to sign him.
The North London club were in the market for a Georgia international midfielder last month and eventually struck a deal with Barcelona for Spanish creative midfielder Denis Suarez on an initial season-long loan move.
Talks between Barcelona and Arsenal dragged on for most of the window, though, and Georgian playmaker has emerged as a possible back-up option for former Sevilla manager Unai Emery.
Jano Ananidze, who has rumoured up with fellow Russian Premier League team Krylya Sovetov on season-long loan, told Championat: “There’s been interest in me from other countries.
“I recently found out that an offer came from Arsenal, but they didn’t even tell me about it. But from those requests that are known, I will highlight Valencia, then they were a top team.
“But Spartak decided that I did not leave. Yes, and in 18/19 I decided that I did not want to leave.”
Since making his breakthrough season with Spartak Moscow back in 2009, Ananidze has racked up close to 250 appearences for the Russian club.
Giorgi Chakvetadze has been another Georgian talent who has made noise recently and attracted interest from hosts of European teams including Barcelona, AS Roma, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach.
Arsenal are in need of a creative midfielder in order to strengthen their squad and have around £40m to spend in the summer and Annanidze seems to be an ideal candidate to add with such a small budget.