Arsenal boss Unai Emery has already bolstered his midfield with the additions of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi but the Spaniard has his eyes cast on another addition.
Widespread reports have linked the Gunners with the services of Barcelona outcast Andre Gomes, who the LaLiga champions want to offload before they head to the United States this weekend for their pre-season tour.
Reports cited by Sport Witness now indicate that Arsenal have opened negotiations with the Catalan giants regarding the services of the 24-year-old Portugal international, although they are not prepared to meet his €20m asking price.
With Barcelona desperate to sell, a deal could be negotiated but a number of other clubs, including north London rivals Tottenham, are also attributed with an interest in the European Championship winning midfielder.
Arsenal’s lack of Champions League football could prove to be a disadvantage for the Gunners in negotiations but Emery will hope the club’s significant pulling player will lead him to triumph.