The Bosnian midfielder has answered with enthusiasm and the two are working towards a verbal agreement.

But Juventus seem very reluctant to sell him after Axel Witsel chose to move to China instead of moving to the Serie A giants.

Although the January transfer window may seem too soon for a move to materialise, the Gunners are set to test the waters by submitting a £28million offer.

He could be brought in as Santi Cazorla’s replacement if he chooses to leave the Emirates.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international has been impressive since arriving from Roma last summer in a move in the region of £25million.