Arsenal have placed RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate on their shortlist ahead of the summer transfer window, according to the Evening Standard.
The 21-year-old talent has plenty of European clubs monitoring his progress ahead of the summer with the Gunners now keen.
Leipzig have already been rocked with the pre-contract agreement between Bayern Munich and Dayot Upamecano.
Now, they face a real fight to keep hold of the player who has struck up a superb partnership with the Frenchman.
Arsenal’s defensive ranks may need bolstering once the summer transfer window opens.
Gabriel, Rob Holding and Pablo Mari are currently under contract for next season, with David Luiz yet to agree to an extension beyond the current campaign.
William Saliba and Dinos Mavropanos will return from loan spells but Mikel Arteta may choose to send them out on loan once again.
Konate has played 88 times for Leipzig and but has missed some of the current campaign with an ankle problem.
The youngster helped Leipzig come through a Champions League group including Manchester United, PSG and Basaksehir.
He was on the bench as Liverpool defeated them 2-0 in the first leg of their last 16 clash last month.
TBR View: Konate would be a quality signing for Arsenal
There’s nothing to suggest at this stage what Leipzig would hope to recoup for their defender but it’s unlikely he will come cheap.
Konate earns just £36,000-a-week in Germany and it seems pretty obvious a move to the Premier League would give him a pay increase.
The young defender fits the profile of an Arteta signing nicely as a talented performer who could still improve considerably.
Arsenal will face competition but landing the enforcer could represent a real step in the right direction for the Gunners.