Versatile midfielder Naby Keita is set for the big time and Arsenal are allegedly interested in the Red Bull Salzburg midfielder.

SportNet in Austria are reporting Arsenal’s interest in the midfielder, who is excelling for the Austrian champions. In his second season at Salzburg, Keita is not just a regular but one of their star performers. Destined for bigger things, it’s no wonder he signed a new contract recently.

Just 21, Keita is already playing regular football for a good side and is playing for Guinea.

Arsenal won’t be the only side interested in him in the summer and, with Red Bull’s side in Leipzig looking very likely to be promoted to the German Bundesliga, he could conveniently be transferred to their ‘sister’ club to strengthen them for the German top flight.

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Naby Keita is being watched by Arsenal. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

With a contract until 2021 and no release clause, Keita is playing for a financially backed club who won’t sell on the cheap and aren’t interested in losing a strong player. That means any bid for the midfielder will have to be very serious to even be considered.

He could be worth it, though. Keita can play in holding midfield or attacking midfield as well as his usual all-around role, Arsenal could be on the lookout for a midfielder of Keita’s ilk. Santi Cazorla is injured and in his thirties now, Jack Wilshere’s fitness can’t be relied upon and experienced midfielders Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini are all set to leave the club in the summer.