Arsenal have been linked with making a player-plus-cash offer for Leicester ace Wilfred Ndidi in the January transfer.
New Gunners boss Mikel Arteta knows one of his most pressing priorities is to make Arsenal much tougher to beat, with serious questions having been raised over the defence for some time.
Defensive midfielder Ndidi could help give Arsenal’s back four some protection, having done so for a Leicester team which has conceded just 14 goals this season – the joint lowest amount in the Premier League along with Liverpool.
And the Gunners are set to offer Granit Xhaka plus £40million as they bid to sign Nigeria international Ndidi, according to Leicestershire Live.
Ndidi has been a key figure as the Foxes have shot up to second place in the Premier League under manager Brendan Rodgers this season.
He has made 20 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals, with his most recent coming in a 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United in September.
Since his move from Genk in January 2017, the 23-year-old has made 120 appearances for Leicester and has become a key part of the Foxes midfield.
Before Arteta’s appointment as Arsenal boss last week, Swiss midfielder Xhaka had been given a fresh start by interim boss Freddie Ljungberg.
Xhaka’s future at the Emirates looked in doubt after he was stripped of the Gunners’ captaincy by previous boss Unai Emery, following the midfielder’s outburst towards fans during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in October.
The Swiss international missed several games towards the end of Emery’s tenure, but Ljungberg reinstated him, and he has started 13 of Arsenal’s 18 league games so far this season.
It remains to be seen who will fit into Arteta’s plans, with the new manager having taken charge of his first training session on Sunday after watching his side’s 0-0 draw away to Everton on Saturday.