Arsenal had a deal in place for Lazio midfielder Hernanes last month, it has been revealed.

Gazzetta dello Sport says a deal was in place to take Hernanes to the Emirates before Mesut Ozil became available at Real Madrid.

Arsenal would have moved for Hernanes - valued at around £20m - had Real kept hold of Ozil.

Hernanes, 28, a central midfielder with 17 caps for Brazil, was looked at by Tottenham this summer before they signed Erik Lamela from Lazio's rivals Roma.

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