Samuel Umtiti has told Barcelona not to listen to transfer offers for him this summer, reports say.
The centre-back is Unai Emery‘s No.1 choice to strengthen his defence and Barcelona are ready to sell.
But the Daily Star claim Umtiti has asked Barcelona to ignore offers for his services, insisting he wants to stay in Spain with the La Liga champions.
Emery would have to spend half of his summer’s transfer budget to land Umtiti and Arsenal are exploring other options.
The Gunners have watched Dayot Upamecano, who is considering a move away from RB Leipzig this summer.
RB Leipzig have offered the 20-year-old a new deal, but Upamecano could be tempted to leave Germany for the right offer.
But after helping Leipzig win Champions League football next season, Upamecano would not be keen on joining a side who failed to qualify.
Arsenal’s humiliating defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final ended their hopes of Champions League football next season.
The lack of Champions League football could prove it difficult for Arsenal to land their top targets, while Emery will have to sell if he wants to make any major signings.
A host of Arsenal’s biggest stars are facing the axe, including Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny.