Marcel Desailly believes money should be no object for Arsenal in their pursuit of highly-rated Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila this summer - a player that has the potential to become one of the best in the world.
The France World Cup winner and former Chelsea captain has heaped praise on the exciting 21-year-old compatriot - who is attracting interest from a host of top European clubs - comparing him in playing style to Gunners legend Patrick Vieira.
M'Vila's potential, and similarities with a former favourite, will undoubtedly excite fans of the north London club, who will be hoping that Arsene Wenger delivers another major signing to the Emirates Stadium.
"I would just say that if I was the chairman of a Premier League club I would just close my eyes and put the figure on the cheque to get him," Desailly told Goal.com. "Because he is really the future. The talent is there. It is obvious.
"He is doing too much on the field. He is defending and trying also to create and make the difference up the field. He has to reduce his commitment up the field.
"He is a defensive midfielder. If you defend very well anything extra you do is fine. First of all, stick on one thing – defending very well and passing very quickly to the offensive players.
"Once he will have understood that you will see he is the best midfielder – better even than Patrick Vieira."
Arsenal scouts are believed to have watched M'Vila in Ligue 1 action last weekend, ahead of a proposed bid for the in-demand star, who is rated at around £22million.
However, the Premier League outfit will likely face stiff competition for his signature, with numerous clubs both in England and abroad set to submit rival bids.
"Arsenal is probably a stable club where he can have a bit of time or [Manchester] United where he has time to assimilate the changing of clubs and start slowly to perform," Desailly continued.
"He needs to come to the Barclays Premier League. We want him in this competition because it is the best, first of all, and he can really develop his skills. It is for players who like to play with tempo.
"You can see by the way he gets the ball, control and passes straight away. Long ball, short ball. He has that sort of rhythm that the Barclays Premier League is demanding."