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The Sun reports that Arsene Wenger has tagged the tricky 22-year-old to fill the void left by the almost certain departure of Aliaksandr Hleb, who is being heavily courted by Barcelona.

Combined with the Emmanuel Adebayor’s decidedly uncertain future at the Emirates, the Gunners could find themselves in desperate need of quality personnel in the final third.

Theo Walcott is likely to be pushed up front next season if Adebayor leaves, leaving such as the injury-prone Tomas Rosicky and the inexperienced Abou Diaby to fill the wide roles.

Marseille playmaker Samir Nasri is all but on his way to North London, but Wenger has also set his sights on Silva after watching his impressive display in Spain’s EURO 2008 quarterfinal against Italy.

“Arsene wasn’t just in Vienna to cheer on Cesc [Fabregas] — he was there to take a good look at Silva,” said an Arsenal insider.

“He is a player who would fit well in the Arsenal set-up, especially if Hleb goes.”

Wenger will face stern competition for the versatile attacker, however, as Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has reportedly made contact with his old club regarding Silva’s availability.

It is understood los Che are demanding ₤20million for the Seleccion star.
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