Arsenal have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans as the Foxes eye a replacement for the Belgium international.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have identified Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar as a potential target this summer.
The Frenchman has been linked with the Gunners in previous windows, but it is believed that manager Mikel Arteta has shifted his sights to Tielamans.
The Leicester midfielder has less than 12 months left on his contract at the King Power Stadium. And while the Foxes are keen to avoid losing the 25-year-old for free next summer, they are holding out for their £30million asking price.
The former Monaco ace has made 120 Premier League appearances for Rodgers’ side and has tied down a starting berth in Roberto Martinez’s Belgian side ahead of the upcoming World Cup.
The Gunners have been busy in the summer window – signing Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabio Vieria. The latter pair are both able to slot in to the Gunners’ engine room, but Arteta remains eager to bring Tielemans to north London.
And the Belgian’s pathway to the Emirates has been cleared after Foot Mercato reported that Leicester are keen on a move for Aouar.
The Lyon playmaker also has just a year remaining on his deal at the Groupama Stadium and has attracted interest from a number of European clubs, including the Foxes and Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest.
The Frenchman boasted 10 goal contributions in 35 Ligue 1 outings for Lyon last term as Peter Bosz’s side finished in eighth spot to miss out on European football.
Rodgers’ side are yet to make a signing this summer, but are hopeful that a swoop for Aouar will kickstart their window.