Arsenal are keen on signing Rúben Neves in the winter market, according to Sport.

The 26-year-old left Wolverhampton Wanderers for Al-Hilal in the last window, and prior to that, he was subject to interest from various clubs.

This includes Arsenal and Barcelona, although not everyone at the Blaugrana was keen.

The Saudi Arabian club paid €55m for the midfielder, and others found this price to be too high, considering he had a year left on his deal at Molineux.

Arsenal are still interested in him because of Mikel Arteta, report Sport. It’s said the player is ‘Arteta’s new wish’ and the Gunners have a ‘firm intention’ to secure his services in January.

This season, Thomas Partey has struggled with form and injuries, and could be shown the exit door. The report states Arteta wants to replace him with Neves, who is the priority target for the manager.

Sport state Arteta has never wanted to dismiss the possibility of signing the Portugal international and continues to insist to the Arsenal board that they try to make an approach for him in January.

The player must be open to returning to England for the north London club to carry out his signing. The operation won’t be easy because AS state the Saudi clubs will be ‘very strict’ with players in the next window, so they don’t weaken their project.