Arsenal are positioning themselves to land Porto ace Fabio Vieira for £27m.
It comes as Mikel Arteta comes under mounting pressure at the Gunners following a disastrous run of form.
The 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Sunday was their seventh in the Premier League, leaving them 15th in the table.
It was the fourth home loss in a row as Arsenal sit five points above the relegation zone.
Club chief Edu has insisted he will back Arteta as reports emerge of dressing room scuffles and players falling out with the manager.
With a number of crunch fixtures coming up over the next few weeks, Arsenal have simply got to start putting some points on the board or potentially face a shock relegation battle.
One player has been linked with a move to the Emirates, though an immediate switch is not on the cards.
According to Record via Sport Witness, Porto star Vieira – no relation to club legend Patrick – has been eyed by the Gunners.
The 20-year-old only made his professional debut in June after impressing for the B team.
But the midfielder has been touted as another potential star for the future from an academy that regularly produces talents.
Record report that Pini Zahavi is one of the agents representing the youngster and he has strong connections with Arsenal.
However, the report also states that Marseille are taking a closer look at the Porto ace.
Arsenal are positioning themselves for a summer raid, with a January bid perhaps too soon for the wonderkid to leave as his development continues in the Primeira Liga.
Vieira is protected by a £27m (€30m) release clause which would be the amount the north London outfit would have to likely splash out to land the young midfielder.
Meanwhile, Arteta has responded to the claims that there is civil unrest behind closed doors by admitting no club has a full squad of happy campers.
He said: "Well I said it many times when you have the squad that we have at the moment, for different circumstances it's impossible to have 31 happy players in the camp.
"It's absolutely impossible. I don't know any club in the world who has that.
"But obviously when you lose again these things are going to come out again to put more pressure or be disruptive. I'm not interested in any of that."
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