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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking to strengthen his squad in the winter transfer window and once again a central defender is linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners signed Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi last summer and now they are ready to sign another defender to replace Bellerin who is suffering an ankle injury.
According to Mirror, Arsenal are keen on signing Portuguese international and Southampton star Jose Fonte. It is reported that Wenger sees his experience as a major asset that could help his side win the Premier League title this season.
The 33-year-old defender who won the Euro 2016 with Portugal submitted a transfer request to leave the Saints (The Guardian).
This season, he has featured in 19 games for Southampton. His last game was against Everton on 2nd January. Since then, he has been left out of the squad by manager Claude Puel.
However, the Sun reported last month that the Gunners have slapped a price tag of 15 million pounds ($18.3million) on the center half.