Arsene Wenger replies when asked about Arsenal signing Porto star

Arsene Wenger denies claims that Arsenal could be set to make a transfer bid to sign Ricardo Pereira this month

Arsene Wenger has poured cold water on reports that Arsenal could be set to make a transfer bid to sign Ricardo Pereira from Porto this month.

There had been reports in the British media that the north London side were weighing up a £20m bid for the defender in a bid to bolster their rearguard options at The Emirates this month.

Wenger was quizzed directly about the speculation during his news conference at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground on Thursday morning.

And the Arsenal boss issued a typically blunt response when asked if the reports linking the Gunners were Pereira were accurate.

Wenger simply said: “No, we are not [interested in him].”

Wenger is currently preparing his Arsenal side for their FA Cup third-round clash against Preston North End at The Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

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Arsenal won the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015 but ended up without a trophy last season as they finished second in the Premier League table.

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