VIDEO: Is this guy Arsenal's next midfield star?
Published 22:30 01/02/12 By Football Spy
Arsenal have made preliminary moves to sign midfielder Claudio Yacob from Argentina’s Racing Club, and could snap up the player on a free transfer in the summer.
An enquiry over the player’s availability was made at the end of last week, with Gunners manager Arsene Wenger thought to be in the market for an inexpensive option to help in the middle of the park.
Yacob, 24, is out of contract in June and his Buenos Aires club would be willing to offload their high-earning captain in an attempt to trim down the wage bill.
Comparisons with former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano are inevitable given their similarly snappy, confrontational approach to the position known in Argentina as the ‘No.5 role’.
Check out Yacob in action here: