Arsenal are reportedly tracking French sensation Florian Lejeune.
According to Sport.co.uk, the FC Istres defender has a burgeoning reputation and is being watched by a number of top European clubs.
Arsenal are thought to be among those monitoring the progress of the 20-year-old who has already seen his talents compared to those of France legend Laurent Blanc in his pomp.
And, although unable to confirm that Arsenal had made an approach for his client, Lejeune's agent confirmed there is plenty of interest in his signature.
“About [Arsenal boss] Arsene Wenger I do not know exactly what his situation is,” Claude Cauvy told Sport.co.uk.
“A number of top European teams have contacted me. There are two or three Ligue 1 teams tracking him, This week from Spain Real Madrid inquired about him and are very interested in him. "
But, despite the interest from La Liga, the youngster apparently would prefer a move to the Premier League and Arsenal now appears to be his most likely destination.
“The priority of the player is to go to England, not Spain," added Cauvy. "But until today there are many possibilities from Spain, but from England only interest, nothing official. We are looking for a club in England, but it has to be the right project for the player.”
Lejuene is a tall, commanding centre-back who would bring added resilience to Arsenal's injury prone defence. And, according to Cauvy, his client is already better than current Gunners defender Laurent Koscielny.
He said: “I am told by a number of players that he is better than Laurent Koscielny who signed for Arsenal in the summer."