According to a recent article by Algerian newspaper Le Buteur, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is interested in an approach for Porto winger Yacine Brahimi.
The 27-year-old winger has played for the Portuguese giants since 2014, having netted 29 goals and created 24 more assists in 117 appearances (all comps) to date.
Brahimi underperformed last season, six goals and four assists in 22 Liga NOS matches, his lowest return in his three seasons in Portugal. But a dip in appearances might be to blame.
He missed the first four league games of last season through international duty, whilst the same occured after Christmas with the African Cup of Nations tournament beginning in January.
Born in France, he represented Les Blues up until u21 level where he opted to play internationally for Algeria instead.
Brahimi ended up starting and completing 90 minutes of football on only four occasions in Liga NOS last season, which is a surprise considering how he emerged as a highly-rated player following impressive Champions League displays in previous seasons.
Understandably, his stock has fallen slightly as a result of inconsistent performances but according to reports from Algeria, Wenger remains hopeful that he can agree a fee for Brahimi’s signature this summer.
With two years remaining on his existing contract, Porto will be keen not to let him leave on the cheap. Andre Silva has already completed his £33.6m move to Serie A side AC Milan and a summer of departures could still follow with midfielders Danilo Pereira and Rúben Neves both attracting interest.
Porto’s asking price is believed to be in the region of €40m for Brahimi. Wenger may not consider him worth the money based on last season’s standards.