Gunners to bag Baptista
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsenal are ready to finalise a deal with Real Madrid for striker Julio Baptista.
Arsenal are ready to finalise a deal with Real Madrid for striker Julio Baptista, according to reports in Spain.
The Brazilian ace is currently on a season-long loan deal from the Spanish giants with Jose Antonio Reyes moving in the opposite direction.
Following a slow start to life in England, Baptista has impressed, particularly in cup competitions, and manager Arsene Wenger is now ready to retain the Samba star.
The North Londoners are believed to be in advanced talks with Real for Baptista, although the club's option of é¼20million (£13.6million) is likely to be negotiated.
However, The Gunners are unlikely to be able to use Reyes in the deal as Real are not looking to make his Bernabeu stay a permanent move.
Uefa Cup holders Sevilla have been linked with a move for their former star, although nothing official has come from the Liga's joint-leaders.