Arsenal are reportedly tracking Spartak Moscow midfielder Romulo with a view to a move during the January transfer window.
According to the Express, Arsene Wenger is keen on signing the Brazilian international and is ready to offer the Russian club a fee of around £9.5m to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.
The Frenchman is keen to land a midfield anchorman in January and has identified Romulo as his primary target to shore up and add some steel to the Gunners midfield.
The north London club have been linked to various midfielders over the summer, with Sami Khedira's name being frequently mentioned for a proposed move to Arsenal. But Wenger has made the Spartak midfielder his number one target.
Arsenal are also willing to let French striker Yaya Sanogo go the other way for a season-long loan in order to convince the Russian club to part with their player.
The 24-year-old midfielder moved to Spartak in 2012 from Brazilian club Vasco, but has made only 18 appearances for his current employers as he missed over a season-and-a-half through injury.
Romulo has been capped eight times by the Brazilian national team and despite having a long injury lay-off, he is tipped to be one of the midfield stars of the future and Wenger does not want to waste any time in snapping him up.
Meanwhile, Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has revealed that he is most happy when he is playing football. The Gunners star has been one of the key players for the club in recent seasons and admits that he enjoys playing football, be it with his teammates or as a kid with his brother on the street.
"For me the most important thing is to enjoy myself when I play. Football is my life and if I don't enjoy the game then I will have a problem in my career," Cazorla told Arsenal's official site.
"I've been playing football since I was seven and I always enjoyed playing with my brother and friends on the street. Now I enjoy playing with my team-mates and that is the most important thing in football. I am very lucky to play big games in the Premier League and Champions League," the Spanish international added.