Arsenal are lining up a swoop for Watford ace Abdoulaye Doucoure. The midfielder looks likely to quit Vicarage Road following the Hornets’ relegation from the Premier League.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is eager to strengthen his midfield as part of his ongoing rebuild at the Emirates Stadium.
Atletico Madrid ace Thomas Partey is the dream target but the presence of a €50million (£45m) is proving problematic due to the Gunners’ restricted transfer budget.
Alternatives are being sought and Doucoure has emerged as an option, according to the Daily Mirror.
Arsenal would need to sell before they can buy, however.
Matteo Guendouzi has no future at the club after failing to impress Arteta with his attitude and is being shopped around. Lucas Torreira is also set to be flogged after a sub-par sophomore campaign.
Doucoure has made 141 appearances for Watford since joining from Rennes in the winter of 2016.
The Daily Mirror report that Everton are also eager.
The Toffees had two offers for the 27-year-old rejected last summer, with one bid believed to be worth £40m.
Watford’s relegation from the top flight and the coronavirus crisis is likely to result in his price tag being slashed.
Doucoure is one of a number of players that Vicarage Road bosses could lose in this transfer window.
Wolves have identified winger Ismaila Sarr as a potential replacement for Adama Traore, who is attracting mounting interest.
Gerard Deulofeu could also be waving farewell, with AC Milan getting in touch over a swoop. The Serie A giants want to land the 26-year-old, who spent six months on loan at the San Siro in 2017.