Arsene Wenger has been handed a boost in his pursuit of a goalkeeper who could replace the declining Petr Cech in goal.

The Arsenal manager has seen his side struggle this season in their battle for a place in the Premier League top four.

One of the main concerns for Wenger this season has been the form of the ageing Petr Cech who has certainly not been the same player he was at Chelsea.

Thus, Arsenal are believed to be plotting a move for a replacement and Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been targeted.

Even so, Real Madrid were deemed as the favourites to land the 23-year-old but according to Bilbao’s president Josu Urrutia, no approach has been made by the La Liga champions, paving the way for Arsenal to make their move.

“We are aware of what is being reported but we don’t have any confirmation from the player’s agents nor have we had any offer from Madrid,” Josu Urrutia said

“We are not aware that any team has been negotiating with Kepa.

“Athletic is not a club that sells players and for a player to be able to leave, first you have to know whether he wants to leave, and secondly, his buy-out clause has to be paid.”

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