Arsenal have made an enquiry for Bayern Munich defender Javi Martinez and are prepared to make a move in the summer, according to the Telegraph.
The Spanish midfielder has fallen out of favour under Pep Guardiola and is seeking a move out of the club, with Arsenal making him their top priority to replace Mikel Arteta in central midfield.
The player is likely to warrant a fee in excess of £30m, having joined the Bundesliga Champions for £32m two years back.
Martinez has three years left in his current contract but with the player unhappy, Arsene Wenger is willing to break the bank and has thereby sounded out the Bayern management over their stance on the player's future.
Wenger is willing to bring him to Arsenal to solve his problems in central midfield and defence as the player can also slot in at centre-back with consummate ease.
Martinez revealed that he is not happy with his current position at Bayern but is willing to work under Guardiola's instructions.
"I don't have as much freedom on the field anymore. I don't get forward as often and my game is a little more static. The coach [Guardiola] believes that I can play in any of the central positions and I'll play where I'm needed," Martinez said.
He will be a perfect replacement for Arteta, who has been languid on the ball this season and was a major reason behind Arsenal's failure to break down big teams away from home. Martinez combines Arteta's passing ability with some steel in the middle of the park, a rare combination in world football.
Martinez will slot alongside Aaron Ramsey, who has been the breakthrough player for the Gunners this season with Mesut Ozil operating ahead of the duo.
The Gunners are also likely to move in for a striker to provide cover for Olivier Giroud, who has failed to live up to the Gunners' expectations this season.