According to reports, Arsenal are ‘considering a shock approach’ for Chelsea and France midfielder N’Golo Kante.
Chelsea paid around £32m to sign the midfielder in 2016 after he helped Leicester City lift the Premier League title.
The World Cup winner has helped the Blues win the Premier League, Champions League and Europa League over the past few seasons.
Kante’s performances dipped slightly last term as he played 42 times for Chelsea across all competitions.
His contract expires in 2023 and The Daily Star are reporting that Arsenal ‘believe there might be an opportunity to prize him to the Emirates’.
It is said that the Gunners are ‘ready to sound out whether Chelsea will cash in now’. They add that Mikel Arteta ‘wants more world-class defensive talent in his midfield’.
They have been linked with several names with AC Milan’s Ismael Bennacer the latest of those, while Leicester’s Tielemans remains possibly mentioned the most.
Reports have claimed recently that Tielemans has already agreed personal terms in principle with Arsenal and now it’s up to the Gunners to make a bid for the Foxes midfielder.
Arsenal have already signed Gabriel Jesus, Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos this summer while Ajax centre-back Lisandro Martinez is understood to be a serious target.
When asked if the club was still active in the market after their 5-3 win over Nurnberg on Friday, Arteta said: “There are more things that we would like to do if we can but the market will dictate what we can do, but so far we are happy with what we have done.”
Asked specifically about Tielemans, he added: “We never talk about players that are not ours.
“As I said before we can improve the team, we are still in the market and are going to try to do it, but we are not going to go to any specific names.”