The Spaniard has a surprisingly low £17.8m release clause and the Gunners are keen to meet that figure to bring the 22-year-old to England in the new year.
Meanwhile, Egyptian Elneny has become a spare part at the Emirates as summer signings Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira continue to impress in the middle of the park. Emery is reportedly willing to listen to offers around the £15m mark for the enforcer so as to, mostly at least, cover the Fornals fee.
The versatile midfielder has been a bright spark in an otherwise dim Yellow Submarine side – completing 1.5 dribbles, 1.6 key passes and 1.8 tackles per game, as well as chalking up three goals and two assists in all competitions (WhoScored).
Arsenal fans on Twitter certainly feel that these deals would represent great business from Sven Mislintat and co…
Now this guy is a PLAYER! He’ll bring back some much needed flair in midfield. I am excited by the prospect of signing him
— Luke (@Lucky29Luke) November 20, 2018
This would be an incredible signing, Fornals is brilliant!
— Alex (@crazycarole) 20 November 2018
Was linked a couple of years back I think. Top player, very similar to Cazorla.
— Ricky Peter Newins (@RickyPNewins) 20 November 2018
Absolute bargain, this guy is the new cazorla!
— ????? (@zvsty) 20 November 2018
Selling Elneny for £15m and getting Fornals for £17m would be world class business.
— OluOt (@olumide_ot) November 20, 2018
Yes, Massive talent. I was disappointed we didn't sign him when he left Malaga considering how low his release clause was.
— Gurjit (@GurjitAFC) November 19, 2018
Good. Elneny isn’t good enough
— Kristian (@kristianvin03) 20 November 2018
That means we truly are heading in the right direction.
— Sul (@saul_gooner) 20 November 2018
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