Arsenal are reportedly interested in a January move for Napoli forward Dries Mertens, but face stiff competition from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund for his signature.
The Belgian attacker has been a standout for club and country in recent seasons, and has scored over 100 goals in six-and-a-half years in Naples, but it seems his time there is coming to its natural conclusion.
He has continued to be an important player during a turbulent time at the club, with nine goals in 21 appearances this season, but a change of manager has seen Carlo Ancelotti replaced in the hot seat with Gennaro Gattuso.
With his contract expiring in the summer and no talks over a new deal thought to be on the immediate horizon, it seems far from unlikely that the new management team could cash in while they can rather than risk losing a valuable asset for free in the summer.
And while clubs across the continent may not be queuing round the corner to bring him in, the interest at least merits putting another till on.
According to reports in Italy, sourced by Calcio Mercato, Arsenal have joined Bayern and Dortmund in the running to secure his signature, and could secure his services for as little as €10m.
The 32-year-old will be eligible to discuss pre-contract terms with any of the clubs interested in him from January 1, so it may be that each of the trio eventually favour signing him on a free in six months.
But Arsenal, at least, are believed to be interested in a transfer in the winter window and using his quality and experience in the second half of the campaign.
He would have plenty to offer the Gunners in that regard, so it may be interesting to watch how this one plays out in the new year.
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