Arsenal are desperate to bring in reinforcements in midfield this month with Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny both away at the African Cup of Nations.
The Gunners have been targeting a number of players and are most recently linked with Juventus’ Arthur Melo.
Arsenal have held initial talks with the Serie A club and are willing to cover the Brazilian’s £80,000-a-week wages, according to Evening Standard.
It is thought that the midfielder is keen on a move to the Premier League and a straight loan deal would suit all parties.
Who is Arthur?
Arthur Melo joined Barcelona in 2018 for almost €40 million and spent two years with the La Liga champions.
The Brazilian won the league title and the Supercopa de Espana with Barca, before he made a big money move to Juventus for a staggering initial cost of €72 million.
Despite the price-tag placed on Arthur’s head, he has failed to establish himself as a staple in Juve’s starting XI and has made only seven league appearances this season.
The 25-year-old has struggled to get into the team ahead of the likes of Adrien Rabiot and Manuel Locatelli and is now keen to look elsewhere for regular game-time ahead of this year’s World Cup.