Arsenal have identified Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour as a possible summer target having "not missed any of his matches" in their scouting of the player, according to his agent.
Abdennour, 25, was pivotal to Monaco's Champions League victory over the Gunners in the last-16 stage of the competition, with his commanding performances at the heart of defence central to their win.
And after an impressive campaign in Ligue 1, where Monaco hold the second best goal difference in the league, interest in the Tunisia international has continued to grow but Arsenal would appear to be his biggest admirers.
Abdennour's agent told Foot Mercato: "He has only just extended his contract with Monaco. Everything is going well for him. I think he has proved today that he is one of the best in his position in Europe. He is only 25 and a lot of clubs are interested in him. Arsenal do not miss any of his matches. They were there again [at Monaco vs Juventus]. They know him very well."
Arsenal is not the only interest emanating from north London, though, with Tottenham also credited with an interest, along with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain. However, his agent concluded no formal offers have been put forward yet.
He said: "Other big clubs like Tottenham are also interested. Some big Spanish and Italian clubs are very interested. PSG are very interested in him. They really have an eye on Aymen. But we are not yet at the negotiation stage. PSG have only just been eliminated from the Champions League. The club has other things to deal with. But for his progression, the only club capable of signing him in France is PSG.
"We do not have any offers yet. Now it is not yet time to make offers. Now is time for approaches. But things will go very quickly as soon as the season is over."
While his performances in France this season have won him acclaim, Abdennour's powerful displays in the Champions League further raised his profile.
The former Toulouse defender was a dominant figure in Monaco's 3-1 win at the Emirates in the first leg of their last-16 clash with Arsenal and provided stern resistance against Serie A champions Juventus in the quarter-finals – a tie separated by Arturo Vidal's first-leg penalty.