Arsenal are currently scheming to have Cagliari’s central midfielder, Nicolo Barella as Aaron Ramsey’s replacement, according to reports in Italy.
Barella made his professional debut three years ago and is widely considered as one of the top young players in Italian football.
The 21-year-old has attracted interests from several Serie A clubs including Juventus, Inter and Roma.
But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Arsenal are also in the race to get the young star’s signature and have sent a scout to keep track of Barella’s progress in Cagliari.
However, The Seria A club are not willing to let the midfielder leave during the transfer window in January, and reportedly value him at €50 million (£44m).
Arsenal may also face competition from Liverpool, with reports claiming that Jurgen Klopp’s side are confident of winning the race for Barella.
The Gunners are in the market looking for a potential replacement for Ramsey after the club withdrew their offer of a new contract to the midfielder.
The Welsh international is now expected to leave the Emirates on a free transfer at the end of the season, which will leave a wide gap in Unai Emery’s midfield.