Arsenal have put themselves in pole position to land rising Paris Saint-Germain star Adrien Rabiot, and a meeting has been scheduled for both clubs to discuss the possible transfer, according to Sky Italia journalist Gianluca di Marzio.
The future of the 19-year-old midfielder has been a source of controversy for almost a year now, with the president of PSG, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, recently admitting that the player wanted to leave the Parc des Princes.
It was initially Roma who were said to be favourites to clinch his signature, with the Italian giants keen to keep their options open should midfield lynchpin Kevin Strootman leave the club.
However it would appear that Arsene Wenger is desperate to get his man, and will use all of his guile in the transfer market to ensure that Rabiot ends up in north London, not Italy.
Di Marzio claims he is working on a plot which will see Arsenal given the chance to negotiate with their Ligue 1 counterparts, in which the Daily Express claim a huge bid will be submitted to ensure that the Gunners are given the best possible chance of pipping Chelsea and Roma in this particular race.
Elsewhere the Frenchman faces another transfer fight if he wants to bolster his back line, with Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar also wanted by Liverpool and Manchester United.
According to reports Wenger has registered an interest in potentially taking the Dutchman on board, but the stiff competition makes it look as though it will be a saga which goes right down to the wire.
Despite being deemed unsuitable by some, Vlaar enjoyed a scintillating World Cup under Louis van Gaal with Holland, and his leadership skills have led many to prompt that he could be equally effective if working with the Dutchman at Old Trafford. Arsenal find themselves in need of a centre-back following the departure of Thomas Vermaelen, but youngster Calum Chambers is developing at a fine rate, so there's not too much to worry about there.
On a more continental front it’s relatively bad news with the Gunners’ supposed pursuit of Real Madrid starlet Isco. The Spanish midfielder has struggled for game time in La Liga this term, prompting gossip that he could be available.
However Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out his sale, leaving Arsenal and Liverpool to turn their attentions elsewhere.
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