Arsenal are reportedly interested in Roma midfielder and Liverpool target Leandro Paredes, with Arsene Wenger keen to secure a deal in the January transfer window.
Leandro Paredes has emerged as one of Serie A’s most promising prospects thanks to his consistently impressive displays in the middle of the park for Roma. The 22-year-old midfielder’s dazzling performances haven’t gone unnoticed, with top clubs from all over Europe reported to be closely monitoring his progress.
Liverpool and Manchester City are said to be among Paredes’ admirers, but now even fellow Premier League giants Arsenal seem to have entered the race for the coveted Argentine, according to Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb. The Gunners have made their intentions regarding Paredes known to Roma. The report suggests Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is very keen to sign the player in the upcoming winter transfer window, but a deal is unlikely to be concluded in January.
The former Boca Juniors man first made his mark last season during his loan spell at Empoli. Paredes has developed steadily as a player ever since, eventually establishing himself as one of Serie A’s finest midfielders. Recently, legendary Argentine playmaker Juan Román Riquelme even declared Leandro Paredes as his rightful successor.
Leandro Paredes’ statistics for the season have been as good as any midfielder in the league; the midfielder averages 4.2 tackles and 2.7 interceptions per 90 mins, along with a pass accuracy of 90.3% (via Whoscored).
Paredes’ quick thinking, composure on the ball, diverse range of passes and ability to withstand pressure does make him a perfect fit for the high-intensity football of the Premier League. As such, it is no surprise that so many of the elite English clubs have taken a keen interest in acquiring the services of the player. It does seem like there could be a transfer battle between the Premier League’s best for the Argentine this summer.