Arsenal are leading the race to sign Algerian forward Yacine Brahimi, according to Portuguese media outlet Correio da Manha.
Arsene Wenger is keen on bringing Brahimi to London, but the £35million price tag is said to be a problem for the Gunners who do not want to pay such a high price.
FC Porto desperately need to sell players this summer as they need to meet Financial Fair Play regulations, hence why they are holding out for a good transfer fee. Brahimi’s current deal with Porto runs until summer 2019.
Earlier in the week, Porto announced that they were looking to sell Brahimi this summer. Brahimi scored 7 goals for the Portuguese side this season, who reached the last 16 of the Champions League.
Everton were close to signing the 27-year-old last year, but were put off by the price tag. But with Porto now willing to sell the player, the Premier League side may well rekindle their interest. Currently on international duty with the Desert Foxes, Brahimi grabbed an assist for Les Verts in a recent friendly vs Guinea. His superb dribbling ability would be a fantastic addition to any club side around Europe.
If the deal does go through, Brahimi would be just the second Algerian international to sign for Arsenal, after fellow countryman Ismael Bennacer.