Arsenal are said to have made contact with Giannelli Imbula to discuss a potential £15.7million move from Marseille, according to reports from the Metro.
The 22-year-old is currently linked with a switch to Inter Milan, but the Gunners are looking to halt the deal by opening talks with his father.
Manager Arsene Wenger’s side is trying to convince the defensive midfielder to snub a £54,000-a-week contract offer from the Serie A giants in order to complete a transfer to the Emirates.
With the French boss willing to match the wage demands set forth by Italy giants, Imbula may be given a tough choice in selecting where he believes his future lies.
Tottenham Hotspur as well as Valencia were also monitoring the situation of the player in recent months, but are yet to make any sort of formal offer for his services.
He has been a constant feature for the Ligue 1 side, making 39 appearances in all competitions, scoring a total of two goals and providing a further three assists.
The Gunners were also linked with a move to sign Monaco star Geoffrey Kondogbia, but will now be considering other alternatives after he agreed a move to join Inter.