Arsenal are interested in landing Marseille left-back Jordan Amavi, reports in France say.
Manager Mikel Arteta recently admitted that his team are ‘short’ in the position, having let defender Sead Kolasinac return to Schalke on loan.
Ryan Bertrand has been considered as a potential target, although Southampton are ‘confident’ that the Englishman will put pen to paper on a fresh contract at the club.
In his place, another former Aston Villa man has emerged as a genuine target.
According to a report from L’Equipe, the Gunners are among a trio of clubs hoping to tempt Amavi away from Marseille in the summer for free.
To do so they will have to fight off competition from Napoli and Crystal Palace, with the latter believed to have shown ‘the most interest’.
Marseille’s chief Pablo Longoria has been trying to persuade Amavi to extend his deal at Stade Velodrome but discussions have hit a dead end.
The 26-year-old joined Villa back in 2015 as a promising 21-year-old from Nice.
In November of that year, however, the player suffered damage to his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) while on France U21 duty.
By the time he returned to fitness, the Villa had been relegated to the EFL Championship in woeful fashion.
He’d feature in 34 matches in England’s second tier upon his comeback, before signing for Marseille four years ago.
Amavi helped Andre Villas-Boas’ outfit to an impressive second place finish last campaign, but is now considering his options.