Arsenal are in the driving seat to complete a £1m deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain starlet Kingsley Coman despite interest from Newcastle United, after the attacking midfield prodigy made it clear he favours a summer switch to the Emirates over interest from any other club.
Coman was handed his Ligue 1 debut by PSG manager Laurent Blanc last season, but fears being shut out of first-team contention by the plethora of stars occupying his favoured position at the French champions.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to use that to his advantage in a move for the attacking midfielder, and the Daily Star today report that the Gunners boss is ready to pay a six-figure compensation package to stop Newcastle gatecrashing the deal this summer.
Wenger tabled a formal £1m offer for Coman last week, but is still waiting for a response from PSG as they weigh-up whether they can justify keeping one of Europe's most exciting young playmakers at the Parc des Princes as a perennial substitute next season.
Coman has the technical qualities and versatility that Wenger favours in a prospect, and the French youth international has already rejected a long-term contract offer from PSG to set out his stall on exit talk.
Newcastle are just the latest Premier League side to be mentioned in connection with a starlet who has played both in a central midfield role, behind a lone striker plus on the left and right wing, although their interest in another Frenchman may have come too late.
Despite possessing a £100m transfer warchest Wenger is still keen to develop young talent and Coman could form part of his latest recruitment drive for a revamped academy setup, with the ball now in PSG's court to make a decision on a potential future superstar.