Arsenal have ramped up their interest in Liverpool defender target Cheikhou Kouyate, according to reports.
Goal.com claims the Gunners are set to continue their pursuit of the player today (Thursday), with club officials to meet the player’s agent in Belgium.
CSKA Moscow have already tabled a €6.5million bid for the player, the report claims, but that hasn’t put Arsene Wenger off the 24-year-old.
“I will have a meeting with two clubs in Belgium to discuss Kouyate’s future,” said agent Saffet Balkan.
“One is from Moscow and the other is from the Premier League but both clubs have requested that I do not not say which ones. We already have one offer of €6.5m from Russia which Anderlecht are happy with but now we have to finalise things.
"I think he would prefer to play in England because it will suit his style very well. We will see what happens in the next 24 hours.”
Reports earlier this month claimed both Arsenal and Liverpool had opened talks to sign the Senegalese international during the transfer window.
And now it appears to be the Gunners who are leading the charge to bring the player to the Premier League.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger isn’t short of options at centre back, with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny forming a fine partnership at the Emirates Stadium.
Kouyate would offer the Gunners some additional depth in the position in north London, and he’d join Thomas Vermaelen in fighting for a place in the first team.
Liverpool are another team not short of players at the heart of defence, with Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho all fighting for chances at Anfield.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has flipped between 3-5-2 and 4-2-3-1 formations on Merseyside however, meaning all of their stars have enjoyed opportunities to play.
Couyate would give Liverpool another option in the position, but they appear to be behind in the race to sign the player.