Arsenal have their sights set on young Swiss defender Eray Comert and are weighing up a summer move, according to the Daily Mail.
They report that Arsenal scouts have watched Comert frequently throughout his breakthrough season with Basel, where his strong performances have caught the eye of many clubs across Europe.
He has been a near ever-present for the Swiss club this season and is reportedly being lined up for a senior international debut in next month’s round of fixtures.
And Arsenal apparently have hopes of a cut-price deal because Comert has rejected two extended contract offers with Basel, and his existing deal expires at the end of next season.
That means that Basel will reportedly listen to offers of around £5m for the youngster, which is handy because the Daily Mail also reported earlier this month that Unai Emery only has a transfer budget of £45m for next summer.
That means that cut-price signings like Comert might need to be the way forward and if he does come, he would hope to emulate the impact that Matteo Guendouzi has had since his arrival last summer.
Guendouzi’s arrival was reasonably unheralded and cheap at a reported (Goal) £7m but his energy, tenacity and willingness to learn have pushed him towards a big role in Emery’s Emirates plans.
And Comert’s displays this season suggest he could do the same, and he is the kind of low-outlay, high-potential signing that Emery will need on his tight budget.