Arsenal had made an 8 million-pound ($13 million) bid for Blackburn defender Chris Samba, the Daily Mail said.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has put a dominant center- back at the top of his transfer list after the Gunners went a sixth straight season without a trophy.
Samba, 27, said earlier this month he came close to leaving Blackburn during the January transfer period.
“Everybody knows that I am an ambitious player,” the Mail quoted Samba as saying. “I think a move to Arsenal was very close in January but that is life.”
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