According to Daily Express, Arsenal are ready to beat Manchester United to the £35million signing of Pau Torres in January.
The Spain international was strongly linked with a move to United earlier in the summer only for those reports to cool off.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly still retains interest in the defender but could miss out to Arsenal in January.
Villareal are also said to be willing to listen to offers, suggesting a January move could well be on the cards.
Dayot Upamecano is thought to be United’s preferred option, but the report claims that Liverpool are the frontrunners for his signature.