Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo is wanted in January as Arsenal director Edu has a transfer masterplan in place but faces competition.
The Portuguese was linked to an Emirates Stadium move in the summer, but Oleksandr Zinchenko was signed instead from Man City.
However, Arsenal’s midfield shortage means they could either go and sign a new natural midfielder in the next January transfer window. They could go back in for Douglas Luiz, or they could move the Ukrainian permanently into midfield and sign Grimaldo to provide the competition and cover to Kieran Tierney.
If they want the 26-year-old, reports have claimed they will have to fight Newcastle and Man City in this transfer saga, whilst the eventual winners of the Benfica man are only set to have to pay around £8million to the Portuguese outfit if/when he eventually moves on.