Arsenal in chase to sign up impressive South American

Arsenal have entered the race for River Plate centre-half Eder Balanta, according to reports on the SportsDirectNews website.

The 21-year-old is regarded as an outstanding defensive prospect, and has been linked strongly with a move to Chelsea after some impressive displays in Argentina.

However, Arsenal are also in need of defensive reinforcements, and manager Arsene Wenger believes Balanta could be a great long-term successor to Mikel Arteta.

Balanta has a minimum release clause of around £12.4million.

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