Arsenal have opened negotiations with free agent Malang Sarr, but have not yet offered the defender a contract.
The 21-year-old moved to Nice in 2015, initially with their B team, before stepping up to the first team in 2016.
Since then, however, he has proved an outstanding signing, making 102 Ligue 1 appearances in four seasons.
Sarr has earned rave reviews for his performances for Nice this season, where he made 20 appearances in all competitions.
But after coming to the end of his contract, the 21-year-old finds himself in high demand.
The likes of RB Leipzig, Torino and Sampdoria are also said to be keen on Sarr. Man City boss Pep Guardiola is also reported to be a fan.
But it seems Arsenal are already ahead of their rivals after it was reported they had already held talks.
Although the Gunners are yet to table a bid, Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu are said to be keen.
Should the France U21 international sign, he could help form a new-look defence alongside William Saliba.
Saliba joined the Gunners last summer before remaining with St Etienne on a season's loan.
- TEAMtalk media