Arsenal have been reported to leading the race in the bid to sign Serie A playmaker Nicolo Barella, who plays for Cagliari.
The 22-year-old midfielder has always been linked to London rivals Chelsea who is keen to secure his signature since the departure of Cesc Fabregas to Monaco back in January.
Arsenal have sent scouts on different occasions to watch the Italian midfielder play in the Serie A in which they become pleased with his performance.
An offer from rivals Chelsea was reported to have been rejected for Barella during the winter transfer window. But Arsenal, on the other hand, have been reported to be favourite and most likely destination for the Serie A midfielder.