Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed his interest in Real Sociedad striker Antoine Griezmann the same day they were announced as favourites for his signature.
The Daily Star reported yesterday that Arsenal were at the front of a five-club queue to sign the 22-year-old in the summer.
Chelsea, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have all expressed an interest but Wenger stepped ahead of the queue after making the French forward his number one summer transfer target.
Interestingly, Wenger has now confirmed that Arsenal are interested in Griezmann and are watching his progress in La Liga closely.
Speaking to Telefoot TF1, Wenger said: "Yes, we follow him in great detail.
"That should not come as a surprise because he attracts other clubs as well.
"But we follow him, he is a known commodity.
Of course Wenger has anything but a clear run at Griezmann. Real Madrid and PSG will provide ample competition for his signature with both being able to offer more money to Real Sociedad and the player.
The interest in Griezmann is unsurprising. In 22 La Liga appearances, he has scored 15 goal, standing only behind Diego Costa and Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the Golden Boot.
£25m is thought to be enough to convince Sociedad to sell; a figure PSG and Real Madrid will have no qualms with meeting.
Arsenal, too, have money to spend this summer but have other transfer targets in their sights. Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata could be on his way to the Emirates but, ironically, may not be allowed to leave should Carlo Ancelotti miss out on Griezmann.
They also face a challenge from Premier League counterparts in the form of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Manchester United manager David Moyes.
It is well known that Mourinho wants a new striker, who was filmed saying that his team has no striker in a off-the-record interview in France.
Although David Moyes currently has Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney to choose from up front, United still need to inject youth and pace into the team at Old Trafford, making Griezmann the perfect addition.
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