Arsenal are reportedly one of the clubs interested in highly rated Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare who is rated at around £43m.
The interest of the Gunners in the all-action midfielder was revealed by popular French news outlet Le10Sport who revealed that North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur are also in the running to sign the 20-year-old player.
It was revealed by Lille president Gerard Lopez that Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur are keen on signing the young French midfield player.
Boubakary Soumare is no stranger to Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi as they were together in the PSG Academy.
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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is new in the job but he has been promised transfer funds as the Spaniard attempts to improve the defence and midfield options at the Emirates Stadium.
Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare is one of the midfield options being targeted by Mikel Arteta and Arsenal.
Another midfielder Granit Xhaka could be staying at Arsenal beyond this winter transfer window according to Mikel Arteta who has told the midfielder that he wants him to stay in North London despite the interest from German Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin.
His agent had earlier said that the player has agreed personal terms with Hertha Berlin ahead of a proposed transfer this month.