Arsenal could face considerable competition in the race to sign Raphael Varane, with reports suggesting that Manchester City are targeting a January switch for the Real Madrid starlet.
The same publication suggests that Manchester City and Chilean boss Manuel Pellegrini have identified Frenchman Varane as a perfect solution and believe they may be able to convince the La Liga giants to part company with the player for a fee of around £25 million.
Such news may come as a real concern to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, with reports earlier this week suggesting that the Gunners were keen to sign the defender when the transfer window re-opens for business in January.
20-year-old Varane is widely considered to be one of world football's most promising talents and has already made a considerable impression at club level at the Santiago Bernabeu and also at international level with his native France.
Manchester City's needs for a new defender are perfectly clear with the pairing of Matija Nastasic and Martin Demichelis hardly proving impressive in the absence of the influential Kompany.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have an established centre-back pairing in Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny but little by way of reserve with Thomas Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna both being linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.