Reports at the weekend suggested that Aston Villa playmaker John McGinn could leave the club during the summer and if that is the case Arsenal would be wise to join the race.
Everton, Wolves and Manchester United have all been credited with previous interest and a whole host of clubs are likely to be keen (Team Talk).
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is keen to add ball-playing midfielders to his squad during the summer, according to The Express.
With that in mind, the Spaniard would be extremely wise to pursue McGinn as an option for next season.
Villa reportedly value McGinn at £50 million but with relegation staring the club in the face they might be forced into accepting far less.
The 25-year-old has a sweet left foot and has enjoyed a decent first season in the Premier League, prior to picking up a fractured ankle.
He has scored three goals and registered two assists during the campaign but his statistics have been pretty impressive elsewhere.
He has a pass success ratio of 82.3%, completing nearly four long balls in each game he plays, according to Who Scored.
McGinn might not seem like the most glamorous of targets for a club like Arsenal. With Champions League football unlikely next season, however, he’d be a sensible option.
Arsenal, or any other club for that matter, are unlikely to part with £50 million for his services.
Villa will need to get real though and in the modern era if a player wants to leave for a bigger club, typically they get their way.
If Arteta really wants new midfielders then he could do a lot worse than McGinn.
He is determined, hardworking and at 25 he could still improve considerably; especially under the guidance of Arteta.
With that in mind, Arsenal would be foolish not to join the race for such an accomplished midfielder.
Manchester United and Everton will both provide attractive options too but he’s exactly the kind of smart signing Arsenal should be looking at.