The Congolese international has enjoyed a successful spell at Blackburn since his move from Hertha Berlin in January 2007 and played in 36 of Rovers’ League games this season.
Arsenal were also heavily linked with the player in January and Samba had been stripped of the club captaincy following his response to the rumours. With a January approached in the region of £6 million rebuffed, Wenger looks like making an increased offer of around £10 million.
Arsenal have struggled defensively this season with Belgium captain Thomas Vermaelen missing most of the campaign through injury and a commanding centre back is apparently high on Wenger’s shopping list.
Chelsea and Spurs were also rumoured to be watching the player earlier in the year but, with neither to make a move yet, it seems Arsenal could be leading the race for his signature.