Arsene Wenger will make a fresh attempt to sign Phil Jagielka, as Everton boss David Moyes looks to cash-in on his stars in a desperate bid to raise cash before the transfer window closes.
Moyes is being forced to consider drastic measures because Toffees owner Bill Kenwright has confirmed the club are stuck in a financial mess.
The Blues could now finally sell Jagielka to Arsenal to ease some of the financial stress surrounding Goodison Park.
Arsenal have already had two bids of £10m and £12m turned down for the England international with Everton wanting closer to £18m.
Wenger recognises the need for a centre half – especially after losing Laurent Koscielny to a back injury – and sees Jagielka as his first choice ahead of Gary Cahill.
The Gunners have enquired about Cahill but have since always backed off to further suggest that Jagielka is there priority target.
But Arsenal may be tempted to go back for Cahill if Bolton lower their £17m price as the window nears to closing.
Meanwhile, Wenger still expects Samir Nasri to leave despite his £22m move to Manchester City being held up by a £3m row over agent’s fees, as revealed by Mirror Sport last week.