Arsenal technical director Edu is reported to be lining up a January swoop for Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai.
After submitting two bids for the Lyon star, however, Arsenal were forced to abandon their efforts to prise Aouar to Arsenal.
They claim his brother and agent, Brahim, demanded a £10m commission to make the deal go through. That was a payment the Gunners were unprepared to meet.
The request is said to have not gone down well in the corridors of power at Arsenal. Instead, it’s claimed they will turn their attention towards Szoboszlai.
The 19-year-old midfielder has caught the eye for Salzburg. Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano now claims a move to Arsenal is being strongly considered and he is on their shopping list in January.
Szoboszlai has scored three goals and created three in six appearances for Salzburg this season. Last season, he had 30 goal involvements from 40 games.
Arsenal are not alone though in their interest in Szoboszlai PSG, Napoli and AC Milan are also said to be keen.
But Edu hopes to jump to the front of the queue by setting the ball rolling now.
The teenage midfielder is rated at around £25m.