Arsene Wenger is already planning Arsenal‘s summer moves and holding midfielder Etienne Capoue from Toulouse seems likely to be the first choice.
The 24-year-old French footballer was targeted in the January transfer window and, despite having failed to complete the signing, Wenger retains his interest in bringing Capoue to the Premier League, The Telegraph reports.
According to the news provider, a holding midfielder to replace Alex Song and a striker as an alternative for Olivier Giroud will be the main priorities for the Gunners at the end of the season. And after the unsuccessful January move for Barcelona striker David Villa, it is thought that Wenger will target a younger player during the summer window.
Wenger has been scouting Capoue since Song’s departure left a gap in midfield that no one in the current squad can cover. Arteta, who has played in that role has been showing great organising skills, but lacks the strength and defensive positioning of the Cameroonian.
Capoue, who can also play as a centre back, has not only impressed Arsenal’s scouts. The versatility and tactical sense showed by the Frenchman has attracted the attention of other clubs, with Barcelona and Chelsea being linked to the player in the past.
Capoue has played for years for the France junior teams, having also made his debut with the senior national team in August 2012 against Uruguay. Despite not being prone to the attacking duties, Capoue has scored one goal in 3 games in his international career so far.