Arsenal have moved ahead of Manchester United and Newcastle in the race to land Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans.
Having already shelled out over £80million on the quartet of Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos and Matt Turner, it has been a busy summer at the Emirates.
But Gunners boss Mikel Arteta still wants to secure a marquee addition in the centre of the park and the Sun claim a £30m deal for the 25-year-old Belgian is their preferred option.
Ruben Neves, the star player for Wolves, was another candidate, but club officials are claimed to have been turned off by his £75 million price tag. Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic would have cost £50 million.
Tielemans’ modest asking price contrasts with this because he hasn’t reached an agreement on a new contract with the Foxes recently, leaving him technically free to go in a year.
Following an excellent loan stint, the 52-cap international made a permanent move to the King Power Stadium in 2019.
Tielemans has since become an ever-present at the heart of Brendan Rodgers’ midfield, missing only seven Premier League games in the last three campaigns.
While his arrival appears increasingly likely, exits are also expected in North London before the new campaign kicks off.
The Mirror suggest Arteta is keen to let Nicolas Pepe, Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira all leave the club in order to balance the books.
Ivory Coast winger Pepe, 27, would be the most high-profile departure having arrived for a club-record £72m only three years ago.
Meanwhile, 30-year-old Leno is a top target for fellow Londoners Fulham.
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