Uncharacteristically, Arsenal have been one of the busiest clubs so far in this summer’s transfer window.
Granit Xhaka has already been signed, while news broke last night that they had activated the £20m release clause of Leicester striker Jamie Vardy.
That said, they are not prepared to rest on their laurels, and reports in France have claimed that the Gunners are one of two clubs keeping tabs on Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso.
The report, which appeared in French publication L’Équipe, claimed Arsenal have been to watch the 21 year old on several occasions over the course of last season.
French under-21 international Tolisso made his debut for Lyon in 2013, but it is the season just gone where he really caught the eye of many – scoring six goals and racking up seven assists as Lyon finished second in Ligue 1, guaranteeing them Champions League football next season.
Tolisso is also versatile – a trait which may appeal to Wenger – insofar as he can play in the centre of midfield or at right back, though he was played primarily as the former last season.
Despite the £30m signing of Xhaka recently, the departures of midfielders Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomáš Rosický would leave Arsenal a little light in the centre.
Should Wenger choose to firm up his interest in the player, he will have competition in the form of Napoli. The Serie A runners-up have already seen one bid of €16million rejected by Lyon, but may come back with a higher offer.
That said, there is every possibility that Arsenal’s name has only been dropped into the conversation as a way of pressuring Napoli to throw more money on the table. The player has been linked with a move to the Emirates in the past (as well as being touted for a move to Chelsea last year) but it remains to be seen just how serious (or legitimate) their interest really is.