Arsenal are set to make an offer for Sebastien Squillaci after he was left out of Sevilla’s Champions League qualifier against Braga last night, according to the Mirror.
The Spaniards decided that they would not jeopardise any potential deal by playing the Frenchman, who has 20 caps to his name, because he would have been cup-tied for European competitions.
If that had happened, they would have been likely to lose out on a significant chunk of money from Arsenal, who French TV channel Canal Plus are reporting have bid for him.
The Gunners are keen to bolster their defence, having lost William Gallas, Mikael Silvestre, Sol Campbell and Philippe Senderos this summer.
Arsene Wenger is now looking to French players – having already brought Laurent Koscielny from Lorient for £8 million.
The Gunners boss has already missed out on Per Mertesacker and Phil Jagielka, but is keeping tabs on German starlet Serdar Tasci as well as Squillaci.
One player who did play is Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal’s North London rivals Tottenham.
It had been thought that Sevilla would sign Bryan Ruiz, leaving the way open for Spurs to snap up Fabiano.
However, the Brazilian played last night, which means he will not be able to turn out for the Lilywhites if they manage to qualify for the Champions League.