Juventus right-back Stephan Lichsteiner could become new Arsenal chief Unai Emery’s first signing.
The 34-year-old, who is likely to skipper Switzerland at the World Cup, was reportedly close to joining Borussia Dortmund earlier this year.
And the Guardian say the Gunners are in talks over recruiting the former Lazio star on a free transfer next month.
Dortmund and Greece ace Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 29. is thought to be a priority target for Arsenal at centre-back.
But the Gunners are also keen on boosting their defensive options out wide.
Current right-back Hector Bellerin, 23 insists he wants to stay, despite interest from Juventus and former club Barcelona.
Nonetheless, Emery is likely to strengthen most ares in defence and midfield after Arsenal finished a tame sixth in the Premier League, 12 points off the top four.
Lichsteiner confirmed to Mediaset earlier this month he will be exiting Italy this summer.
He said: “I’m playing in one of the biggest clubs in Europe and there’s always competition for places.
“But my future is going to be away from Turin. At the end of the season I’m leaving.
“I’ll play abroad next year but I’ve not signed anything yet.”
Arsenal have also been closely linked today with RB Leipzig playmaker Emil Forsberg.
The Bundesliga giants rate their Sweden star, 26, at around £47million.
Juventus and Atletico Madrid are among other admirers not put off by that evaluation.
Dream Team World Cup has landed!
The greatest show on Earth just got that bit more exciting.
That’s because the Dream Team World Cup game is coming ahead of this summer’s tournament.
Dream Team World Cup
- Completely free to enter
- £50m budget and 20 transfers throughout the tournament
- £175k total prizepot (for UK players only)
- PRE-REGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP NOW
The game officially launches on June 1 – but you can pre-register for the game now.
If you’re an existing Dream Team customer the World Cup game now appears in the app or you can enter here, but if you’re not follow these simple steps:
- Download the Dream Team app
- Create an account
- Click on the World Cup banner below in the app and follow the pre-registration instructions
From Russia with a whole lot of love.