Arsenal understood to be in talks with the representatives of Corinthians midfielder Maycon, according to a report in Brazil.
UOL Esporte suggest that Arsenal have stepped up their interest by opening negotiations with the 20-year-old Brazilian this week.
There is believed to be plenty of interest in the central midfielder with Napoli and Shakhtar Donetsk tracking the player.
Maycon in fact almost moved to Shakhtar in January, but the deal fell through at the last minute, but, per the source, his club expect him to move on this summer.
Corinthians were apparently willing to accept a £9million bid for Maycon in January, as long as the player was loaned back to them.
Their stance may well have changed with increased competition for the player, but Arsenal would most likely be open to that type of deal with the uncapped Brazilian unlikely to get a work permit in England.
Arsenal have done that type of deal before and loaned out Brazilian Wellington Silva numerous times after buying him from Fluminese before eventually selling him back to the same club five years later.
Maycon, who has been capped at U20 level for Brazil, made 40 appearances in 2016/17 and is under contract in Brazil until 2o21 and the Gunners would hope he could make the senior international team to help ease his work permit chances.