Arsenal are set to mount a pursuit for Sevilla target Bilal Boutobba, according to reports in Spain.
The Marseille teenager has been on the Gunners’ radar since January and he recently rejected a new contract offer from the Ligue 1 club.
Sevilla were leading the race to land the attacking midfielder but, according to Estadio Deportivo, the north Londoners are now ready to gatecrash the Spanish club’s plans.
A France youth international, Boutobba made his senior debut at the age of 16 but has been kept back in the club’s second team this season.
But that has not prevented Arsenal and Sevilla from continuing to scout the youngster. Both clubs are expected to make contact with the player before the end of the season to try and negotiate a free transfer.