Mikel Arteta has made a personal approach to Ivan Rakitic in a bid to persuade the Barcelona star to join Arsenal.
The Croatia midfielder has less than a year left on his contract at the Nou Camp and has been heavily linked with a move away.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for the 31-year-old, while PSG have also emerged as contenders.
However, there remains interest in Spain from Atletico Madrid and his former club, Sevilla.
In fact, Rakitic’s preference is thought to be on staying in LaLiga were he be moved on after six seasons at Barcelona.
With that in mind, Arteta may have a tough job of convincing the player to move to London and the Premier League.
Nonetheless, Le 10 Sport claims Arteta has done just that and made personal contact in a bid to sell the idea to him.
They state Arteta has made Rakitic a double promise to convince him to make the move. In their conversation, Arteta has told Rakitic he wants him to be the ‘boss’ of their midfield.
Secondly, Arteta sees Rakitic as a leader and would see him as an Arsenal vice-captaincy behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang, himself, will be offered a new £250,000 a week deal this week to convince him to stay, reports Monday’s Paper Talk.
Furthermore, Arteta is desperate to get his hands on Rakitic and hopes the double ploy will convince him to make the switch.
The player is expected to be made available for a knockdown fee this summer after falling down the pecking order at Barca.
And that will suit Arsenal, who despite securing European football following their FA Cup win, do have limited funds to strengthen their squad.
“When parties sign a contract it is with the idea of fulfilling it,” Rakitic said in May. “Also with the idea that I want to play, but I am calm about it.
“I would have liked someone from the club to come out to say Rakitic was staying to end the rumours. Bartomeu has not told me anything. Perhaps today he is listening to us and tomorrow he is going to call me.
“Summers transfers? If (Inter striker) Lautaro Martinez arrives, I would be delighted but that is not to do with me.
“I have never closed the doors to making a big change (in my career).”
Dani Ceballos future talks
Dani Ceballos, meanwhile, will sit down with Arteta for crunch talks on his future this week.
The 23-year-old quickly fell out of favour under Unai Emery at the season’s beginning, but found greater backing under Arteta.
Indeed, Ceballos appeared in all 12 of Arsenal’s matches after football’s restart.
His loan spell has now expired and the player has revealed when talks to discuss his future will take place.
He told Spanish radio station Cadena SER (via The Mirror): “It’s a satisfaction to have won the FA Cup. I’m thrilled to end the season with a title.
“Real Madrid have remained close to me throughout the season, not just now. I’m grateful for that. I spoke to the Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who has congratulated me for the title.
“From today, I am a Real Madrid player and I’m happy about that. Real Madrid have an important game against Manchester City. From then on, I will talk to the club and discuss my future.”