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Arsenal target £57m Ruben Dias as Laurent Koscielny’s replacement

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Ruben Dias is back on Arsenal’s radar (Getty Images)

Arsenal are targeting Benfica centre-back Ruben Dias as a potential replacement for Laurent Koscielny, according to reports.

Koscielny provided a new headache for Unai Emery this week after he refused to join the squad for their pre-season tour of the United States.

The 33-year-old told Emery in a meeting that he wants to leave Arsenal and has received interest from several Ligue 1 clubs.

Arsenal have a summer budget of just £45 million and Emery is desperate to strengthen several areas of his squad, including a new left-back and winger.

Laurent Koscielny has refused to go on Arsenal’s pre-season tour (Getty Images)

But now a central defender could become one of Arsenal’s top priorities following Koscielny’s refusal to board the plane to the United States.

According to MailOnline, Dias is back on Arsenal’s radar after they initially ruled out a move for the Portugal international earlier this summer.

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The 22-year-old has a €66m (£57.6m) release clause in his deal with Benfica but Arsenal are hoping to negotiate a lower fee with the Portuguese champions.

Arsenal had looked for alternatives but with no success and have reportedly made him their top target to reinforce Emery’s options in central defence.

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