Arsenal bosses have held talks with the representatives of Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri as they consider a formal move this summer, Sky Sports News understands.
London rivals Chelsea are also interested in the midfielder, who is rated at around £40million and nearly signed for Barcelona last summer, and are monitoring developments.
Arsenal's director of football, Raul Sanllehi, who spent 14 years at the Catalan club and current La Liga champions, has re-opened dialogue with agents who work on behalf of the player.
Sanllehi rates Seri highly but any deal to bring him to the Emirates will be delayed until after Arsenal have appointed their new manager.
Seri is an Ivory Coast international with 18 caps. He has made 30 appearances in Ligue 1 this season and scored twice, as Nice finished sixth.
Nice signed him from Pacos de Ferreira in 2015, after Seri began his career at ASEC Mimosas in his native country.