Arsenal ‘very interested’ in £27m transfer that could help solve Mikel Arteta’s AFCON headache

Arsenal are ‘very interested’ in signing Lille midfielder Renato Sanches, according to recent reports.

French outlet Le10sport claims that the Gunners have made their interest in Sanches known to the player, the club and his representatives.

However, the report states that the north Londoners are yet to make a formal offer to the Ligue 1 side, unlike Italian giants AC Milan who are reportedly further along in their pursuit of the Portuguese international.

Lille are also thought to be happy to allow Sanches, who is valued at £27million on Transfermarkt, to leave the Stade Pierre Mauroy in the January transfer window if the offer is ‘sufficient’.

Arsenal may indeed be in the market for a new midfielder in the coming months considering the long-term injury to Granit Xhaka, coupled with the fact that both Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey will be heading to the African Cup of Nations in the New Year.

Whilst Elneny is much lower down the pecking order, Mikel Arteta’s side have become increasingly reliant on tough-tackling maestro Partey, who joined the club from Atletico Madrid back in October 2020.

The Ghana international is unbeaten in an Arsenal shirt so far this season, avoiding defeat in each of his eight appearances across all competitions.