Arsenal are considering Fiorentina’s Jordan Veretout as a possible replacement for the out-going Aaron Ramsey this summer.
Ramsey is departing the Emirates at the end of the season, heading to Serie A champions Juventus, and it could be that his replacement is coming in from Italy.
Veretout, 26, was first linked with a move to the Gunners way back in 2014 when he played for Nantes, however, he moved to Aston Villa in 2015 instead.
It was not a good switch for the midfielder, who was loaned out to Saint-Etienne after a season and then sold to Fiorentina in 2017, where he signed a four-year contract.
However, Veretout has turned his career around since then and been highly impressive in Florence, becoming a key part of their side over the last two years.
The Frenchman has added goals to his game, scoring 10 times in all competitions last season and five more so far this campaign.
It is now being reported by Teamtalk that Arsenal are considering a £25m bid for the midfielder over the summer to plug the gap left by Ramsey.
Emery is considering other targets for summer signings, including Leicester City’s James Maddison, who former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has urged the Gunners to sign.
‘I look at Maddison and I think, “Arsenal is your team.” Maddison should be the man to replace Aaron Ramsey,’ Cascarino told The Times.
‘There are not many great No.10s in world football but Arsenal desperately need someone who plays like the Leicester City man.’
Maddison cost Leicester £20m when they signed him from Norwich last summer and they would want significantly more than that to let him go.