Reports from Spanish sports daily Marca suggest Arsenal have made enquiries about Malaga goalkeeper Willy Cabalero, with the Gunners understood to be willing to pay £7m to secure his services.
Arsene Wenger’s men can be backed at a juicy 4/5 to post a top-four Premier League finish next term, just as they have done every season since 1995/96, and the silver-haired old purist has identified a new goalkeeper as a priority ahead of the new campaign.
Lukas Fabianski bids the Emirates farewell this summer and 2013/14’s third-choice stopper Emiliano Viviano has returned to parent club Palermo having failed to play so much as a minute.
Wojciech Sczcesny was vastly improved between the posts for the Gunners last term, but Wenger is thought to favour signing the Argentine to create genuine competition for the jersey rather than as backup.
The purchase of Caballero would certainly do that, with only two goalies in La Liga making more saves than the 32-year-old last term.
He kept a fearsome 12 clean sheets in 38 starts, despite his employers enduring a distinctly average season to finish 11th – quite the comedown after the Champions League campaign of 2012/13.
A saves per goal average of 2.48 last season puts him someway ahead of Szczesny, who stopped a mean 1.95 efforts per concession.
Caballero also repelled almost an entire shot per game more than the Polish number one, keeping out three attempts an outing.
The lure of Champions League football is sure to be a big pull for the Argentine, who can count himself extremely unlucky to miss out on a place in the World Cup squad to Sergio Romero (Monaco), Mario Andujar (Catania) and Augustin Orion (Boca Juniors).
Playing for Arsenal would offer him a greater level of exposure than any of his rivals and offer a stopper who hasn’t represented the Albiceleste since Under-20 level a real chance of fighting his way into the 2016 Copa America reckoning.