Arsenal have already looked overseas last season with the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while they didn't avoid Premier League experience either thanks to a shrewd deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan that involved Alexis Sanchez going to Manchester United.
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini could be on his way to Arsenal in a shock free transfer. This potential availability on a free transfer has alerted the Gunners, for whom new head coach Unai Emery and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat have been given just a £50 million (Dh244.3m) budget after two years of heavy spending under the former's predecessor Arsene Wenger. In fact, not very long ago, the Portuguese seemed quite confident that the Belgian worldwide would sign a new contract with the club and stay put at the Old Trafford.
Inter and Arsenal are the clubs to have shown early interest in the signing the 30-year old, but the duo has supposedly backed out due to his £120,000-a-week wages demand.
Fellaini, who made his name at Everton, is now away with Belgium's World Cup squad and is not expected to make any decisions over his future until he returns from Russian Federation next month.
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The Times are among those reporting Fellaini is close to signing for Arsenal, despite persistent links with a move to AC Milan in recent months, with Arsenal fans serving up a mixed reaction to the news on social media.
Fellaini has also been linked to Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille.
Back in the Champions League next season, the Frenchman has bought into Simeone's vision that they can once again challenge both domestically and in Europe.