Arsenal could be set for disappointment over one reported transfer target as Everton prepare to offer Seamus Coleman a new contract once the season ends.
Arsene Wenger was credited with an interest in the Republic of Ireland international last month, but he may have fight on his hands after the Toffees revealed Coleman was in line for talks over an improved contract in the summer as a reward for his terrific form.
The Gunners boss was reportedly looking at the 25-year-old as a possible replacement for current first choice right-back Bacary Sagna, who is into the final six months of his deal at Emirates Stadium and ids yet to agree an extension.
Coleman would reportedly cost Arsenal as much as £10million were they to move for him, but any prospect of a transfer now looks all the more difficult after Everton manager Roberto Martinez revealed talks were planned to enhance the full-back's contract at Goodison Park.
"I'm sure at the end of the season we will look at his contract," he told reporters.
"His role in the team is growing, he is getting more important so we will always look at that. He is happy at Everton and has a long-term contract but I always said that players who do well and perform, it is my intention to sit down in the summer and reassess.
"He deserves a reward. He has been terrific."
Coleman joined Everton from Irish side Sligo Rovers in 2009 for a reported £90,000; he has proved to be a bargain for the Toffees and, even if he were to leave, the reported £10million price tag would prove to be great business.
He has had an outstanding season so far and appears to be flourishing under Roberto Marinez, starting every game except one and has already found the net six times.
Meanwhile, Arsenal will be sweating over the future of Sagna, as he is now free to speak with other teams and sign a pre-contract agreement if they cannot agree terms with him.
The France international has been outstanding since fully recovering from a significant period out with two broken legs and subsequent fitness problems since returning.
He is now 30 and traditionally the Gunners are reluctant to offer long-term deal to players at that age and above, so there is a distinct possibility he could depart on a free transfer come the summer.