According to a report in Italian publication Calciomercato, Arsenal's representatives are said to have met the agent of Genoa ace Diego Perotti amid talks of a potential January switch.
The two-capped Argentine international has been a leading figure for Genoa since joining the club from Sevilla 18 months ago, starting t10 Serie A matches this season.
His talent hasn’t gone unnoticed, with Calciomercato reporting that Italian giants AC Milan and Inter Milan are keen on signing him with mooted talks set to take place in December.
That said, the report states that Arsenal are indeed in pole position for his signature after representatives already met up with his agent before watching Perotti in action against Napoli earlier this month.
“Despite Milan’s interest, Arsenal are the club most interested in Perotti. Representatives of the Gunners were present with his agent for the game against Napoli. A positive relationship has been made, Arsene Wenger is ready to make a move. Arsenal remain in pole position,” the report reads.
Arsenal’s reported intentions to sign Perotti, however, could now change following news that holding midfielder Francis Coquelin has been ruled out for three months with a knee ligament injury.
Perotti, 27, is very much an attack-minded player who is capable of playing as a number 10 or in a wider role, ideal for a team such as Arsenal who like to play with three attackers behind a centre-forward.
With that being said, Coquelin’s injury makes the need for a new attacking player redundant.
With January not too far away, the Gunners would be wiser to start seeking potential defensive midfield alternatives and any resources available must go in to bringing an adequate one in.