Arsenal face strong competition from Italian giants Inter Milan in the race to sign attacking midfielder Younes Belhanda, according to reports.
Il Corriere dello Sport claims that the Serie ‘A’ outfit have targeted the 22-year-old as a key addition in the summer transfer window, with Claudio Ranieri desperate to make some changes after what looks like a season to forget for the Nerazzurri.
Inter currently sit seventh domestically, six points off the final Champions League qualifying spot currently occupied by Napoli. Roma and Udinese are also in the battle for fourth place.
The versatile Moroccan international, who plays in either a wide or central position for Lihue 1 surprise package Montpellier, has risen to prominence across Europe as MHSC battle for the title in France.
And, his performances have also led to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitting the 12-cap international is of interest to the Gunners.
"Younes Belhanda, I know him well. He plays without any complexities, his real talent is dribbling, passing and he has good technique, which can influence any game. I love this player, but I do not want to create problems," wrote the Frenchman for Eurosport.
However, Inter sporting director Marco Branca is hoping a €7 million offer will be enough to lure the player, whose contract at Stade de la Mosson expires in the summer of 2014, to the San Siro.
It’s interest that could spark Arsenal into life over the player though, with Wenger now potentially facing some strong competition if he wants to bring the French-born youngster to the Emirates Stadium.