Arsenal are plotting a high-profile swoop for Manchester United and City target Eliaquim Mangala, according to reports.
The Metro claims that Arsene Wenger is eyeing the 22-year-old centre-back in order to strengthen his back line. Fresh from the eye-watering 5-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool last weekend, the Gunners’ boss is believed to be wanting to add metal to his defence - something that Mangala would definitely bring.
This, coupled with the expected departure of current club captain Thomas Vermaelen, who has been heavily tipped to depart the Emirates at the culmination of this campaign, means that Mangala is the ideal target for Wenger, who will be keen to maintain parity with his title rivals heading into next season.
The current asking price for the French starlet stands at £35million, with a number of top European clubs circling around ahead of this summer. City were thought to have been close to bringing the player to the Etihad as recently as last month, but that particular deal fell through and so his future remains very much in the balance.
If the rumours are true, and Arsenal are weighing up a bid to bring Mangala to north London, it would infer that Wenger is set for a busy summer in the transfer market. Reports have connected the Gunners with a new striker to provide support for Olivier Giroud as well as a new centre-midfielder.