Arsene Wenger's hopes of completing a deal for Saint-Etienne captain Loic Perrin have been given a significant boost after his manager admitted he could leave Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in January.
After being rebuffed in their pursuit of Celtic's Virgil van Dijk, The Telegraph have reported that Arsenal have made Perrin their number one target in the window, as Wenger seeks to strengthen their threadbare defence.
The Gunners have been linked with a £6 million move for the 29-year-old, which Les Verts coach Christoph Galtier hinted could be enough to part him away from his captain.
He said: “Loic is a particular case that I will be personally involved with."
"I am not saying that the door is open but if a surprising offer is made we should listen to Loïc and what he wants…”
The versatile former France under-21 international can play full-back, centre-back or as a defensive midfielder, and crucially would not be cup-tied for Arsenal's Champions League campaign.