Arsenal are confident of securing a £30million deal for Brighton star Yves Bissouma.
The Mali midfielder, 24, still has two years left on his Seagulls contract but looks certain to exit this summer amid interest from a number of Premier League clubs.
Everton, West Ham and Tottenham have all made inquiries but it appears Arsenal are in pole position to win the scrap.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is a huge admirer – and believes the box-to-box energy he provides would make him the ideal partner for Thomas Partey.
Arteta’s future at the Emirates is in doubt as the North Londoners sit slumped in mid-table obscurity and look to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit to Villarreal on Thursday to reach the Europa League final.
But even if the Spaniard was to get the bullet over the summer, Arsenal will still want to sign Bissouma following his superb season on the South Coast.
Having spent £15m to bring him to the Amex Stadium in July 2018, the Seagulls would be happy to double their money on the ex-Lille man.