Arsenal manager Unai Emery has identified Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs De Ligt as his top defensive priority ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
This is according to The Sun which claimed that the Gunners can only sign the highly rated Dutch international centre back if they qualify for the Champions League.
Arsenal are one point off the Champions League places with rivals Manchester United occupying the fourth and last qualifying position.
Unai Emery has just £40m to spend in this summer excluding player sales if he fails to guide Arsenal back into the Champions League.
The said amount could increase to as much as £100m if Arsenal qualify for the Champions League ahead of both Manchester United and Chelsea who are their direct challengers.
Matthijs De Ligt could command a £75m transfer fee with several clubs interested in the player who made history by becoming the first defender to win the Golden Boy Award.
The 19-year-old is the reigning Golden Boy Award after he was named the winner towards the end of last year.
Manchester City, Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Liverpool and Barcelona are all interested in him.
Barcelona recently signed his Ajax teammate Frenkie De Jong who will join the Blaugrana at the end of this campaign.