Arsenal are reportedly considering a January move for Nantes youngster Jordan Veretout as Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen his midfield in the winter transfer window.
From the same France team which included Paul Pogba, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Lucas Digne and Florian Thauvin when they won the Under-20 World Cup in 2013, Veretout could be the next French youngster to move to a big club as the Gunners are reportedly keen on landing him in January, according to the Daily Mirror.
Although the 21-year-old defensive midfielder did not have the best of debuts, earning a red card in his first Ligue 1 game against Bastia last season, Veretout, after sitting out the next game, went on to have a very impressive season.
The box-to-box midfielder has been in even better form this season as he has already managed to net six goals and provide three assists in Ligue 1 so far.
Veretout's playing style is in fact very similar to Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey as both players despite having the ability to play in the deeper central midfield role, are better when they are given the freedom to be creative in the opponent's box.
Despite Veretout only having a £4 million release clause in his current contract with Nantes, the Ligue 1 side will be reluctant to let him go in January as they currently do not have the necessary funds to replace the 21-year-old.
Also, they will feel that they will be able to make more money from the sale of a player as talented as Veretout later on.
Meanwhile, Wenger is confident that Arsenal will be able to win more trophies this season if they manage to keep their players free from injury.
Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta, Mesut Ozil and Ramsey are all set to make a comeback from their respective injuries in the next couple of weeks, and Wenger feels that Arsenal will be able to compete for silverware if these players remain fit.
"2015 can be very exciting if we manage to get our injured players back and have a good run," said Wenger. "We have the Champions League and the FA Cup and the Premier League, where we want to come back to a much stronger position and I think we will."
"I believe when the [injured players] come back, we will have a much stronger squad than we had in the last few months."