Arsene Wenger has reportedly blocked a move for Mario Lemina, with the Juventus midfielder now heading for Southampton instead.
According to the Evening Standard, the club had identified Lemina as a possible target, after researching analytical data, and he had also impressed scouts.
However, Wenger is believed to have ruled out a move for the 23-year-old, who is now expected to complete a move to St Mary’s in time for the start of the new Premier League season.
While the club have brought in Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette this summer, they currently seem to be frustrated in their efforts to further strengthen.
Arsenal’s top target appears to be Thomas Lemar, and the club have reportedly already had two bids rejected, with Monaco keen to keep hold of the winger.
The addition of a top quality central midfielder does not appear to be a priority at the moment, even though Santi Cazorla was badly missed last season after being ruled out through injury.
- Fresh Arsenal vs Liverpool cup postponement update emerges
- More frustration for Arsenal as major loan deal is ‘put on hold’
- Dusan Vlahovic urged to complete ‘perfect’ transfer – not Arsenal
As it stands, Arsenal may also have to sell before they can buy, with the club having an abundance of players able to play in central midfield.