Montpellier have confirmed that Arsenal are interested in Emir Spahic, but the Londoners must spend big to land their target.
Speculation surrounding a move by Arsene Wenger for the 29-year-old Bosnia captain has been rife this week after both Spahic and his agent suggested a transfer to the Emirates could be on the cards.
"The most important thing is that so far the negotiations go as planned and that the transfer could be completed soon," said the Montpellier defender.
"Arsenal is a great club, I’m an admirer of Arsene Wenger and I hope that Montpellier will cooperate.”
This led Montpellier president LouLou Nicollin to tell French newspaper L’Equipe that there had indeed been contact between his coach Rene Girard and his Arsenal counterpart.
"Rene Girard got Wenger and [Arsenal scout Gilles] Grimandi on the telephone," he explained.
"If he [Spahic] wants to leave, we won't keep him. No one is irreplaceable."
However, despite intimating that Spahic is available at the right price, Nicollin added that Arsenal would have to part with around €30 million to tempt Montpellier into selling their prized asset.
He said: "[Spahic] has three years remaining on his contract. They [Arsenal] signed [Laurent] Koscielny from Lorient for €12 million, and Spahic is worth three times what Koscielny is worth."