Arsenal are preparing a bid in signing Manchester United and Liverpool target Antoine Griezmann in the summer, according to Goal.com.
The Real Sociedad star's versatile style of play has attracted interest from top clubs from England and Europe. The 23-year-old has been a star player for the Spanish side, managing 16 goals and three assists in the league this campaign.
The forward has been on United's radar in recent times. In addition to this, their arch rivals Liverpool are also keen on landing the France international. Paris Saint-Germain had also reportedly sealed a deal for Griezmann's services, but the player denied having reached an agreement with the Ligue 1 champions.
The report claims that the Gunners have long been interested in signing the Frenchman. Arsenal have made contact with Griezmann's representative over a potential transfer to the Emirates in the coming transfer window.
Arsenal have been closely monitoring Griezmann's rise in the La Liga this season as their scouts have watched him in action on several occasions. The Sociedad star is valued around £25m in the summer and the English side have made the forward their priority transfer target.
The north London club's manager, Arsene Wenger's contract ends at the end of the season. The French manager is yet to sign an extension and there is uncertainty over his future at the Emirates beyond this season.
Despite the situation at Arsenal with Wenger's contract, it has not stopped the Gunners from holding talks with Griezmann's camp. A move for the French forward in the summer is likely to strengthen Arsenal's squad and bolster their attacking division.
Meanwhile, Bacary Sagna believes Arsenal's best is yet to come as the Gunners fight to qualify for next season's Champions League. The north London side are fourth in the table with 70 points from 35 games, leading fifth place Everton by a point.
"I hope the best is still to come because we still have games to play. It was good to stick together because we were playing quite badly and dropped many points. But it was about time to wake up and that's what we did recently in our games," Sagna told Arsenal's official website.
"We're fighting a bit a more and we're helping each other a bit more as well. We had to react because we were beaten too many times and didn't fight to win those games. We showed a different image from what we've done in the past year and it was not Arsenal."