Arsene Wenger is on a major midfield strengthening drive and Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko is the latest player on the Frenchman's radar. Arsenal finished second in the Premier League, ten points behind champions Leicester City and the manager is keen to strengthen his squad to go one step further next season. Moreover, the Gunners are losing midfield trio Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky, who have been allowed to leave following the expiry of their contracts.
According to the Mirror, the France international is the latest midfielder on Wenger's list as he looks to bolster his midfield before the start of the 2016/17 campaign. Sissoko has been in Arsenal's sights from last summer, and the midfielder has previously admitted that the Gunners are his dream club.
Newcastle have been relegated from the Premier League following a disappointing season, which could see a few of their top stars look to pastures new and Sissoko is expected to be one of the first departures. Rafael Benitez made the French midfielder his skipper going into the final games, and he displayed his best form, as the Magpies went unbeaten in their final six games.
However, it was not enough and Newcastle were relegated with one game to spare, and this could see Sissoko depart the club. The 26-year-old, who can play all across the midfield, will add some much needed pace and strength to the team and is reportedly available for a fee in the region of £10m ($14.5m). If he makes the move to north London, he will battle for a place in the midfield with Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny and possibly Granit Xhaka, who according to the Guardian, is expected to complete a move to Arsenal shortly after arriving in London for his medical.