Arsenal have turned their attentions to Southampton star Sadio Mane as a summer transfer target, according to reports from the Metro.
The Gunners have been heavily linked for another Saints star in Morgan Schneiderlin, but Mane’s recent performances this season have impressed the London club.
The Senegal attacker has scored six league goals since arriving from Red Bull Salzburg at the beginning of the campaign, now becoming the focal point of Southampton’s attack after Graziano Pelle’s decline in form.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is monitoring the 22-year-old amid stalled contract talks with Theo Walcott, as the England winger is still contemplating signing a new deal to keep him at the Emirates.
If the Gunners do pursue Mane this summer, Walcott could consider joining another club with the high number of attacking midfielders in Wenger’s roster.
Arsenal will face Newcastle United this weekend in hopes of keeping a firm grip of third spot following their Champions League exit against Monaco on Tuesday.