A former Premier League player has agreed to join Arsenal.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will try to enhance his team this summer in preparation for a Champions League bid next season.
Last season, the Spaniard came close to leading the Gunners to their first Premier League title in two decades, but they were eventually overcome by Manchester City.
Despite narrowly missing out on the title, Arsenal qualified for the Champions League for the first time in seven years, and Arteta will be eager to bolster his squad with new additions.
Several players have been linked with a move to The Emirates, but it looks that a deal for a former Premier League midfielder has already been agreed.
Arsenal have signed personal terms with Southampton star Romeo Lavia, according to Football Insider.
Despite the Saints’ relegation from the Premier League, the central midfielder was in phenomenal form for them last season, and it appears that he could be on his way back to the top level very soon.
The Gunners are said to have achieved a verbal agreement with the midfielder, putting them ahead of Chelsea, Manchester United, and Liverpool in the battle to sign him.
A cost of around £50 million is said to be sufficient to complete a deal for the star.
Lavia, 19, joined Southampton from Manchester City last summer and appeared in 34 games last season across all competitions.
The Belgian midfielder was one of Saints’ most remarkable performers, but his efforts were not unappreciated, and it appears that he will leave St. Mary’s this summer.
Arsenal are looking recruit at least one central midfielder, with several of their existing players linked with moves away from the club.
Granit Xhaka is likely to join Bayer Leverkusen in the next weeks, and his midfield partner Thomas Partey has recently attracted interest from Saudi Arabian Pro League clubs.
Arsenal did buy Jorginho from rivals Chelsea in January, but Arteta appears to be looking to add to his options ahead of the new season.