Arsenal are ready to launch a bid to sign 23 year old AS Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara, according to a report in Italy.
Italian media outlet Corriere dello Sport is reporting that Arsenal have set their sights on the Guinea international to strengthen their defensive midfield options.
The same report states that Arsenal are ready to concede defeat in their transfer bid to Ghana international Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid this summer.
According to the same report, AS Roma are interested in Uruguay international Lucas Torreira and the Serie A outfit would be open to a swap deal involving Diawara and Lucas Torreira plus no cash a direct swap deal.
The report goes on to add that Arsenal and AS Roma have good relations following their previous transfer meetings involving Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Corriere dello Sport claim that Arsenal are prepared to make a £27m offer for the Guinea international as Arteta looks to bolster his options in the middle of the park.
Diawara would be a significantly cheaper option than Partey given the Atletico midfielder has a £50m contract release clause, according to the Italian media outlet and Arsenal are unwilling to pay that much for Thomas partey excluding a player plus cash is involved.
The AS Roma midfielder has scored one goal and has made one assist in 22 games in Serie A this season after Diawara moved to the Rome outfit from Napoli last summer.
The African star scored two goals in 74 games during three seasons at Napoli before his move to AS Roma last summer.