Arsenal will prioritise a bid for Jerome Boateng to shore up their defence in January, according to reports.
The Gunners added David Luiz to their backline over the summer after signing him from London rivals Chelsea, but their lowly league position and poor defensive record suggests they need further reinforcements.
According to The Daily Star, Bayern Munich veteran Jerome Boateng is at the top of their shortlist, due to his experience and availability.
With just 18 months left on his contract and only eight league starts to his name this season, Boateng – who was denied the chance to join Manchester United before they signed Harry Maguire – is considered as a player who could be relatively easy to pursue.
And the Star say he has emerged as the leading candidate for Arsenal in January, ahead of Juventus misfit Daniele Rugani.
Rugani is seen as the alternative if Bayern do not sanction the sale of Boateng, with interim manager Hansi Flick suggesting that the German star is still part of his plans.
“I get along with him and we talk openly,” he told Kicker. “Against Wolfsburg he came into the side and had some problems, but then he showed he has the quality to play for Bayern.
“Jerome has to make the decision about his future because it’s about his career.”
Therefore, Arsenal will have to wait for a decision from the 2014 World Cup winner, who has also been linked with potentially more lucrative destinations such as Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
And Arsenal are not alone in their interest in their backup option either, with Leicester also said to be weighing up a move for Rugani – who has barely featured at Juventus since the arrival of Matthijs De Ligt in the summer.
Meanwhile, the Daily Express claim that RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano is also on their wanted list, and they would be prepared to pay £50m for him – but Jose Mourinho is looking to scupper their bid and take him to Tottenham instead. Read the full story here.