Arsenal identified No.4 world-class defensive midfielder as a target

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Roma star Radja Nainggolan.

The North Londoners are likely to submit an offer for the Belgian international if ex Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is named as Arsene Wenger’s replacement in the Emirates Stadium hot seat, as reported by to The Sun.

The Spaniard, who has been named among the favourites to replaced the Frenchman, is believed to be an admirer of Nainggolan and would make him a top transfer target should he take charge of the North Londoners.

The Gunners reportedly face a battle for Nainggolan’s services from Premier League opponents Manchester United and Chelsea.

The player recently signed a new contract at Roma. However, that has not stopped him being linked with a transfer to the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Arsenal and Chelsea ears will have pricked up after Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak’s post-match interview on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Slovenian international was downbeat after the goalless draw with Real Betis.

Oblak, earlier linked with Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, was believed to have signed a new contract with Atletico a couple of months ago.

However, Arsenal and Chelsea, both suitors of the 6ft 2ins goalkeeper, insisted this is not the problem and that “nobody knows” what will happen in the future.

The Slovenian will be in goal for the Spanish giants at the Emirates on Thursday when Atletico take on the North Londoners in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.

As to his future, Oblak did little to comfort Atletico fans when he claimed: “No news. I have the contract that I signed two years ago.

“What will happen well nobody knows, not even me. I want to finish the season well and hopefully with a title. Then we’ll see, but I have a contract. I do not think of anything other than Atletico.”

“Atletico can grow. They have improved a lot and surely will not stop now, although it is not easy.

“I am sure that Atletico will grow and we will see what will happen to me, for the moment I am here.

“I have a contract until 2021. If I continue, we will grow together, and if not, the club will grow as well.” – Oblak added.

The clash with The Gunners also takes on powerful interest on another side.