The January transfer window has only just slammed shut but Arsenal are already planning their summer business – France midfielder Etienne Capoue.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Arsene Wenger is ready to set things up for a quick deal once the summer window opens up and secure the signing of the 24-year-old early in the window.

It also claims the Gunners failed with a late bid for the defensive midfielder and see him as the long-term successor to Alex Song, who joined Barcelona last summer.

Mikel Arteta has been fulfilling that role this season to some success but it is not a natural position for him and the report claims Wenger is determined to draft in some younger legs.

Capoue will also be able to provide cover at centre-back – another position that has been a source of some concern for Arsenal in the past.

It also claims the Gunners are now ready to change their transfer policy to only sign established stars in a bid to build around a core of young British players.

Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson have all recently signed new long-term contracts and will be the base for what Wenger hopes will be a new era at Emirate Stadium.

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