According to a report by Algerian football specialists La Gazette du Fennec, Arsenal are in talks to sign Porto’s Yacine Brahimi.
The 29-year-old left winger is available on a free transfer this summer after five years at the Estadio do Dragao.
Brahimi, a regular in the France set-up before he switched allegiance to Algeria in 2013, has long been linked with a move to the Emirates. As far back as 2009, when he was at Rennes, the player’s agent talked up the chances of teaming up with Arsene Wenger.
Since then the player has spent single seasons on loan to Clermont and Grenada, he went on to sign for the latter on a permanent basis in 2013, before he switched to Porto a year later.
While Sport Witness, relaying a translation of the original report, says we’re in ‘very advanced negotiations’ it feels like this is probably an agent – well aware of our need for a left winger – trying to chuck our name in the mix to hurry up interest from elsewhere. He’d be a lot cheaper than the other names being bandied about but we’re just not convinced.
It’s said that a trio of Turkish clubs – Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Besiktas – are also interested, as are Nice.
Brahimi is currently playing for his country at the African Cup of Nations.