Renato Sanches claims he is waiting for an “invitation” after Arsenal’s Gabriel requested he join him at the Emirates.
The Lille midfielder has just won Ligue 1 and is being linked with pastures new.
His performances for Portugal at Euro 2020 have only served to increase interest in him following a string of impressive displays.
Having impressed at Euro 2016 he moved to Bayern Munich, but Sanches has struggled and then endured a less than memorable loan spell at Swansea.
Now though he has rebuilt his reputation in France and Arsenal are among those linked with the 23-year-old.
Mikel Arteta is in the process of overhauling his squad with several names set to depart north London.
Granit Xhaka and Mateo Guendouzi could be among those meaning a new midfielder will be on the club’s shopping list.
Gabriel, who joined Arsenal last summer, played alongside Sanches at Lille and knows full well the qualities he possesses.
Lille director Olivier Letang has confessed that their Portuguese midfielder could be on the move this summer as interest mounts.
Arsenal have reportedly made enquiries and Letang concedes that if all the dynamics suit, a deal can be struck.
“There are already some clubs interested because we have had a recent discussion,” he said. “But everybody needs to be happy for this to happen.
“I do not know if Renato will stay with us or not. Not yet. Let’s see. But as a top, top-profile player, it’s logical that you get some top clubs that are interested in him.”
Sanches spoke glowingly about his set-up in Lille last year, insisting he is far happier than at Bayern.
“Honestly, I feel better than a few years ago when I signed for Bayern,” he told La Voix du Nord .
“Simply because I play more, and when I play more, I have more confidence in myself. This is really what has changed since then.
“What is important for me is to feel the trust of my team-mates and that they feel my trust too. That’s what allows me to find my place in the team, but I always have this feeling that I can do better; it’s my mentality, I still have a lot to learn. I just try to give the best, for myself, for the team.”
The 23-year-old, who won the Golden Boy award in 2016, has also revealed since his failed stint at the Liberty Stadium that a move to Swansea was forced upon him.
“It was not my choice to go to Swansea. I was forced to go there,” he told L’Équipe previously.
“I didn’t want to go. I have respect for the club, the players, all the people I met there. I appreciated their humility. They gave me everything, but I did not want to be there. The most difficult moment? When I was injured, I couldn’t train.
“It was the descent; you can’t feel the motivation any more. At the time, I no longer felt this strength.”