Arsenal have moved ahead of Liverpool in the race to sign Alessio Da Cruz, according to reports.
The Novara star, 20, is thought to have already held talks with Gunners chiefs.
Da Cruz joined the Italian Serie B side from FC Twente last summer.
And with five goals and two assists in 18 appearances so far this season, he has caught the eye of Premier League suitors.
Jurgen Klopp is well aware of the Dutchman’s talents – but trails Arsene Wenger in the quest for a signature.
Inter Milan are also monitoring the situation should a Premier League move fall through.
Sky Italia claim Emirates bosses met Da Cruz over the past few days.
They are targeting a switch to the English top flight next summer.
Da Cruz spent last season on loan at Dordrecht in the Dutch second tier.
He scored five goals in 29 appearances after originally coming through the youth ranks at Ajax.
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