Arsenal have upped their interest in midfielder Orel Mangala, with the €30m-rated Belgian already a target for a quartet of Europe’s top teams, claims a German report.
The Gunners have endured a difficult start to the season, sitting just one point closer to the top four than the relegation zone.
The underwhelming start has lead to speculation regarding the future of under-fire boss Unai Emery, with one ex-Arsenal double winner suggesting the Spaniard’s time is up.
The immediate concerning news to Gunners fans will be that Stuttgart are currently a Bundesliga 2 side, and the prospect of spending €30 million on a target from one of Europe’s second tiers won’t do much to quell the unrest at the Emirates.
However, the report goes on to claim that Lyon, Marseille, Lille and Roma are all targetting a move for the promising 21-year-old, with expectations high that a move to one of Europe’s heavy hitters will soon materialise.
Mangala is a tough-tackling central midfielder, and could be seen as a long-term replacement for Granit Xhaka, should the Switzerland international’s recent run-ins with the club’s fans result in a transfer away.