ARSENAL have reportedly contacted Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini's agent over a summer move.
Gunners boss Unai Emery needs to replace Aaron Ramsey after the Welshman's free switch to Juventus.
1 Lorenzo Pellegrini is in demand this summer after starring for RomaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
And Pellegrini, 22, is available for his £27million release fee, which Arsenal would have to pay in instalments.
Gazzetta dello Sport claims club chiefs have already spoken to Pellegrini's representatives.
But they face stern competition from Tottenham, AC Milan and Inter Milan as well as Roma themselves.
The Rome outfit do not want to lose the playmaker and are keen to get him to extend his contract.
They are believed to be prepared to make Pellegrini their vice captain in a bid to tempt him to sign and remove the release clause.
Emery's squad is in need of a revamp this summer but the Gunners are not flush for cash.
Arsenal are closing in on signing Brazilian starlet Gabriel Martinelli – and the £6.5m striker has even started following the club on social media.
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The Gunners believe they have beaten off competition to capture the signature of the 17-year-old, who is regarded as one of the best young prospects in Brazil.
But a fee is yet to be agreed to bring Yannick Carrasco in from China.
And a lack of Champions League football could see Spurs gazump the Gunners in the race for Pellegrino.