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Arsenal’s hope to acquire Florian Grillitsch may have suffered a blow

Florian Grillitsch

Arsenal’s pursuit for Hoffenheim’s Florian Grillitsch may have hit a rough patch.

There has been a interest from another Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion. This was reported by the Telegraph journalist Mike McGrath.

Grillitsch has become a free transfer for the summer after his five-year contract with German outfit Hoffenheim expired recently.

The 26-year-old midfielder has been strongly linked to the Gunners this season. Moreover, Mikel Arteta’s search for a man who could operate in the central midfield position continues as Grillitsch continues to be linked to a move to the Emirates.

Moreover, the Austrian international fits that role perfectly for Arteta as well as is within Arsenal’s wage rate.

It is known that Grillitsch could be making the move to the Premier League this season. However, now it is thought that the team he could be moving into could be Brighton as reported by McGrath.

What did McGrath have to say about Arsenal’s prospects of signing Grillitsch?

The Telegraph journalist wrote on his official Twitter account:

Brighton are in talks over an audacious move for Austria midfielder Florian Grillitsch as a free agent from under the noses of top European clubs. Arsenal had looked at the 26-year-old after his Hoffenheim contract expired.”

Arsenal desperately needs a man for the center of midfield as there have been quite a few exits from the team this summer.

On the other hand, Brighton had to deal with the exit of their star central midfielder the likes of Yves Bissouma. The midfielder made the move to Tottenham Hotspur during this summer transfer window. Moreover, Grillitsch has the ability to play in both the central defensive and midfield positions.

Over the five years that he played for Hoffenheim, he featured in 151 games across various competitions.

However, he made only 18 appearances last season as he was out for most of the campaign with various injuries.

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