Arsenal are weighing up an approach for Nice midfielder Khephren Thuram, according to TMW.
The Italian website claim that the Gunners could challenge Juventus for the France international, but the player is also said to be “tempting” Manchester United.
Thuram is the son of World Cup winner Lillian, and the brother of Marcus who plays for Inter Milan. He has made a reputation for himself as a dynamic holding midfielder which may suggest that he is being targeted as a potential replacement for Thomas Partey.
The Ghanaian’s time at the Emirates has been plagued by injuries and, with his contract set to run down into its final 12 months, he could well be offloaded during the summer transfer window.
How much would Thuram cost?
It has been previously reported that Nice will demand at least €40m (£34m) for the midfielder but TMW say that his “price is destined to increase” due to interest from Arsenal and other Premier League teams.
Thuram is still only 22 years of age and, with the player having the potential to improve in the future, Nice may be tempted to hold out for a larger fee.
Other English clubs have been linked with the Frenchman
Liverpool, Newcastle and Chelsea were mentioned as potential suitors for Thuram last year but all three teams ultimately decided against buying the player.
At the time, it was reported that Nice had put an excessively high valuation on the midfielder (as much as €60m/£51m) but, with Thuram’s contract set to expire at the end of next season, they will now have to settle for a lower figure.
Arsenal clearly feel they can take advantage of the situation but, as mentioned, they won’t be the only team in the running for his signature.