The Gunners have been placed on high alert after their target Keita Balde Diao told Lazio he wants to leave the club this summer, Metro reports.
The media outlet cites Football Italia who say the young player is unhappy with the Serie A outfit after he was not included in the squad that got beat 2-0 by Juventus and as a result had a rift with club president Claudio Lotito.
The 20-year old Senegalese who has a price tag of £10.6m has now demanded a transfer from the Rome-based club, which could see him complete a move to the Emirates.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is understood to be a huge admirer of the Barcelona youth academy product and could offer his an opportunity to revive his career in England.
Telegraph says Liverpool are also eyeing a move for the player – who they pursued last summer only to fall short.
The north Londoners’ interest in Keita will come as a surprise for most, considering the club are looking for a top-notch potent striker to lead the line this new campaign.
Arsene Wenger wants to bolster his attack in order to challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title and also go farther in the Champions League, and top stars like Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski have been linked to the Emirates.
The back-to-back FA Cup and Community Shield winners lost their opening match of the new Premier League campaign at home against West Ham and the Gunners’ attack failed to click on that day, making the need for a prolific goalscorer highly paramount.