Arsenal are ready to make a club record third bid for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo.
The London Evening Standard says the Gunners had a second offer worth Â£70million for Caicedo rejected by Brighton, who continue to insist that the Ecuador international is not for sale.
But Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi said yesterday that his team was â€œready to go forward" without Caicedo and as of Monday morning Arsenal had not walked away from talks.
A fresh offer for Caicedo would likely exceed the club-record Â£72m they paid to sign winger Nicolas Pepe in 2019.
Arsenal want to sign a new midfielder this month to bolster their title charge. Mikel Arteta's side are five points clear at the top of the Premier League and have a game in hand on Manchester City in second.
A bid closer to Â£80m could test Brighton's resolve after Caicedo posted on social media on Friday that he wanted to leave.