Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has earmarked Schalke ace Max Meyer as the main target for the next summer.
The Schalke and Germany national team midfielder can play in a variety position: as an attacking midfielder or forward, or even as a deep-lying playmaker.
The 22-year-old midfielder is out of contract with Schalke at the end of the current campaign and Arsenal are set to face stiff competition for his signature from their Premier League rivals Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently searching a replacement for Philippe Coutinho who has made January move to Barcelona.
But it is believed that Wenger is already working hard on persuading Meyer and trying to use Ozil’s influence on young German midfielder in order to lure him at Emirates Stadium.
Hopes of landing German starlet were boosted last month after Schalke CEO Christian Heidel refused to rule out the summer exit of Max Meyer.
He said: “Max will be deciding shortly if he wants to stay at Schalke past the summer.
“Max is very happy here, Schalke is his home, we will try to make it him as comfortable financially as possible.
“He is playing the best season of his life, and the coach has found a position for him that Max didn’t believe he could play.
“Personally, I didn’t think he could either.”
MANCHESTER UNITED are battling with Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain to sign Real Madrid star centre-back Raphael Varane, according to the reports.
The French defender has been tipped to leave the Santiago Bernabeu, with Liverpool and Man Utd are believed to be his favoured destination.
Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho is believed to be a huge admirer of the France international defender, with the Special One handing Varane his debut at the Los Blancos.
And according to the bookies, PSG, Man Utd and Liverpool are leading the race to sign the 24-year-old Real Madrid star this summer.
BetStars spokesman Ian Marmion said: “Manchester United and PSG are going head-to-head in a battle for Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane.
“The two clubs are priced at 4/1 apiece to be the French defenders next club.
“United are keen to reinforce their back line and have struggled with injuries to their key defenders this season.
“Varane would be keen to reunite with Jose Mourinho – who handed the 24-year-old his first game at Real Madrid.
“The defender could also be tempted with a move back to his home country and PSG are first in line should Varane head to France.
“Manchester City and Liverpool have also expressed an interest in the Frenchman and are priced at 6/1 and 9/1 respectively.”
Liverpool are reportedly favourites in the race to sign La Liga outfits, Deportivo La Coruna forward Pinchi this summer.
The 22-year-old attacker has been deemed surplus to requirements by La Liga outfits so far this campaign, failing to make a single appearance for the senior squad and playing for Deportivo B.
Nonetheless, the 22-year-old forward has been linked with some of the Premier League’s top clubs, with Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing the forward.
The Mirror reports that the Merseyside Reds are currently frontrunners to bring the Spanish forward to England, with Depor happy to let their striker to leave the team during the summer transfer window.
It is believed that it would only take a small compensation fee to sign Pinchi’s signature too, adding to the Reds’ desire to lure him at Anfield.
Pinchi has played 22 games for Depor’s second team this campaign, scoring six goals.
Meanwhile, Manchester United and Liverpool also eyeing a move for Bundesliga forward Leon Bailey who has impressed at Bayer Leverkusen since his transfer from Genk.