Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reportedly views transfer target Ben White as a future Gunners captain amid another bid for the Brighton centre-back.
The north Londoners are keen to sign White and have allegedly made a third bid for the England star worth a guaranteed £48million.
Brighton are believed to want at least £50m for the 23-year-old, who enjoyed a superb first season at Premier League level last term.
White appeared 36 times for the Seagulls as they avoided relegation under Graham Potter.
The south coast side last summer turned down a widely reported £30m bid from Leeds United, who White had helped earn Premier League promotion in 2019-20.
“The squad needs changing,” Arteta conceded in May. “There were already a lot of changes in December, something that has not been done in years, but it tells us where we were.
“Things are going to have to change and the owners are going to back it up. Time is catching up right now.
“It’s a trend, it’s years now that this has been happening. If the distance and the margins with the rest become too big, then it’s almost impossible to do it.
“We are still on time, and we have put some very strong pillars and foundations in the last few months to do what we have to do.”
Arsenal are believed to be close to signing Portuguese left-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica and Anderlecht’s midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga.
Long-serving defender Hector Bellerin and midfielders Granit Xhaka and Willian have been linked with departures as Arteta seeks to replace several senior stars with fresh talent.
The 22-year-old midfielder Matteo Guendouzi also said goodbye to Gunners fans in a lengthy social media post, only to bizarrely delete it soon after. The Frenchman is understood to be close to joining Marseille.