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Arsenal target Youssef Msakni poised for Udinese switch

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Fans with an intricate knowledge of Arsenal related rumour mongering would be familiar with the name Youssef Msakni, with the Gunners having been linked wit the Tunisian midfielder earlier this season. However, reports in popular sports website TalkSPORT suggest that Italian club Udinese have already got in touch with his club, Esperance Tunis to discuss the prospect of the player’s transfer and may complete the deal fairly quickly.

Arsene Wenger had been scouting the 21 year-old after his impressive performance at the African Cup of Nations, where Tunisia reached the quarter-finals of the competition. Speculation was rampant that the Gunners boss was in the process of making a bid for the versatile playmaker, but Esperance Tunis declared that they had not been approached with an offer yet. Wenger was looking to acquire the player to fill the void left after the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri last season.

Msakni has made 66 appearances for Esperance Tunis over his short career, scoring a very commendable 29 goals. He has also been capped 13 times for the Tunisian national team. The player is one of Tunisia’s hottest new stars and is expected to fetch about £2.5 million for his club.

He said in an interview with Sky Sports website, "Arsenal? That would be a fantastic move for me. However, I am not aware of their interest. I am ready to make the next step. Going abroad will improve me and I want to fulfill my potential."

French sides Lille and PSG are also attempting to bring the player to Ligue 1 after noticing his skill at AFCON. With Udinese leading the race, interested parties will have to make their move soon if they wish to sign the player in the summer transfer window.