Arsenal and Liverpool have received a boost in their alleged pursuit of World Cup sensation Guillermo Ochoa after the Mexico goalkeeper revealed his desire to test himself in the Champions League.
The Daily Express reports how the Premier League duo are both considering offers for the former Ajaccio stopper, who is available on a free transfer following the expiry of his Ligue 1 contract.
Ochoa intimated that he would prefer to remain in France - the country where he's been plying his trade the past three seasons - making moneybags Monaco the favourites to secure the Central American stopper's signature, however he has also intimated that he would consider all options.
"My priority is to stay in France, but I am open to any propositions," he explained in an interview with L'Equipe. "I have improved in the last three years, most notably in handling the pace of games.
"But I was used to top competition when I played in Mexico. I now need to play in the Champions League to be sure of my level."
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for a new custodian to rival current number one Wojciech Szczesny at the Emirates Stadium following the recent departure of Lukasz Fabianski. The Pole opted to leave north London upon the expiry of his contract last month, and penned a three-year deal with Premier League rivals Swansea City.
Ochoa could prove a value-for-money acquisition for Arsenal this summer, who would be able to offer the 28-year-old an opportunity to play in Europe's elite club competition should he successfully dislodge Szczesny from the starting line-up.
What about Liverpool?
Brendan Rodgers is also believed to be monitoring Ochoa as he attempts to bring in competition for Simon Mignolet at Anfield. Pepe Reina has returned from his season-long loan spell with Napoli, but looks set to leave Merseyside permanently before the start of 2014/15.
Reina has also been linked with Arsenal, but Wenger's alleged pursuit of Ochoa would almost certainly end interest in the veteran Spain international.
Ochoa showed his class when he turned in a man-of-the-match performance as Mexico drew 0-0 with Brazil in Fortaleza on Tuesday, making a string of fine saves to deny the host nation victory and guaranteed qualification for the knockout phase of the tournament.
Miguel Herrera's side are yet to concede a World Cup goal and currently sit joint top of Group A, with a good chance of progressing to the last 16.
As Ochoa's stock continues to rise don't be surprised if Liverpool, Arsenal and Monaco are joined by a growing list of rival suitors interested in signing a top quality goalkeeper on a Bosman free this summer.