Arsenal manager Unai Emery has refused to rule out the possibility of Samuel Umtiti leaving Barcelona and joining the London-based club this summer for £60 million.
Arsenal is likely to be in the market for a new defender during the summer transfer window, and Umtiti has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League.
The Gunners' defensive record away from home this season has been pretty dismal, and is seriously harming their attempts at finishing in the top four.
Defenders Shkordan Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos aren't performing how Arsenal supporters would have hoped and it may be time to bring in someone new.
Barca are willing to listen to offers for Umtiti this summer as they look to raise funds to sign Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.
Umtiti is rumoured to be high on the Gunners list of potential targets come the end of the season, with Clement Lenglet seeming to have taken the Frenchman's place in the Barca first team.
Arsenal coach Emery has acknowledged that he rates the ability of the centre-back. He said: "[Umtiti] is a good player, France has some very good players and the French market is quite attractive for many clubs.
"I always had French players at my clubs, Valencia, Sevilla, PSG and now, here at Arsenal. I could always count on those players."
According to reports in Spain, Umtiti's potential move to the Emirates could be helped by the presence of former Barcelona man Raul Sanllehi, who is the Gunners' current director of football.
Having started his professional career at French side Lyon, Umtiti made his high-profile move to Barcelona in the summer of 2016 for a fee in the region of €25m.
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