Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma with the view of making an approach in the summer.
The 24-year-old was linked with several Premier League clubs ahead of the January transfer window, but no offers have yet been forthcoming.
According to Football.London, Arsenal retain an interest in the Mali international but will hold off from opening talks with Albion until at least the end of the season.
The publication quotes a source as saying that Bissouma would choose Arsenal over any other Premier League side given his close friendship with former Lille teammates Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Magalhaes.
Arsenal are rumoured to have even reached out to agent Michael N'Cho, but a creative midfielder is taking priority for the January window.
Bissouma has started 16 of Brighton's 17 top-flight games this season.