Arsenal are considering a move in signing Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool target Nemanja Matic in January, according to talkSPORT.
The 25-year-old has already played for the Blues before joining Benfica in 2011 as a part of the swap deal, which saw David Luiz make a switch to Stamford Bridge. Since his move to Portugal, the midfielder has impressed and has attracted interest from clubs across England and Europe.
However, talkSPORT claims that the north London club are leading the race for Matic's signature and are looking to bring the Serbian international to the Emirates in January. Arsene Wenger's side have reportedly made the first move after making contact with the player's agent.
Matic has been linked with a move to England in the mid-season transfer window as hosts of Premier League clubs are looking to acquire his services. However, the English clubs could face competition from winner Paris Saint-Germain.
The French champions' manager Laurent Blanc has already expressed his desire in bringing Matic to Paris.
"Matic is a good player. He is a young player. Benfica have very good, young players, including those from Balkan countries," Blanc explained.
"As to whether he will be at PSG in the future, I hope to get him but he is already at a big club called Benfica," PSG manager added.
Meanwhile, Matic had earlier confirmed that he is not looking for a move away from Benfica after claiming that he is happy with his current employers.
"I just think about my club and I'm very happy here," Matic told the Portuguese newspaper Record.
Matic has already featured in the European competition and any move from the Gunners in January will see him miss out on the Champions League this season.
Arsenal could face competition from United, Chelsea and Liverpool in their pursuit of signing Matic, despite making first contact with the midfielder's agent over a potential transfer. The same report also claims that nine-time European champions Real Madrid are also in the race in signing Matic.