Tottenham Hotspur will rival Arsenal for the signature of highly-rated Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, reports the Daily Star.
The France U21 international has risen to prominence after making his first-team breakthrough with the Ligue 1 champions in 2012, and is now being tipped for a January move to the Premier League.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been aware of Rabiot for some time, and has had scouts from the Emirates Stadium watch the talented teenager for several months.
However, news of Andre Villas-Boas's alleged interest could force Arsenal into making a move when the transfer window reopens, in a bid to prevent Spurs from stealing a march on the 18-year-old's signature.
When recently asked about the likelihood of leaving Parc des Princes, Rabiot refused to rule out a transfer, saying that he might be forced to consider his future if he is unable to hold down a regular role in PSG's first-team.
"I think if you can play in this PSG team you can play in the French senior national team," the midfielder told L'Equipe. "In the current situation, it is a bit early [for me].
"I have two caps with the U21s, one should not rush, but I do not think I'm very, very far away. However, there is still work to do. There are many players in front of me."
Arsenal and Tottenham will both be encouraged by Rabiot's current stance, after he added: "In football, things can change very quickly. It's hard to say that I will stay four or five years in this club.
"If my future is elsewhere because of players in front of me, then it must be so."