Arsenal have a chance to sign technically gifted £19.6m attacker Boufal

The Blues and Arsenal are both in the pursuit of Sofiane Boufal to sign from Ligue 1 side Lille but face stiff competition from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, according to reports.

Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is in the race for several big names purposely for strengthening his squad ahead of his first campaign in charge at Chelsea.

Gunners French manager Arsene Wenger has already indicated his plan to bring in a new striker this summer by delaying a bid for The Foxes forward Jamie Vardy.

And now, The Guardian reports that Premier League duo are interested in signing Moroccan forward Boufal from Lille this summer. However, they will face stiff competition from the two La Liga clubs.

The same story also suggests that Lille are ready to let the striker leave the French side this summer for a price of around £19.6m.

Boufal scored 11 goals in his first full campaign in Ligue 1 and gained the honour for Best African Footballer the Ligue 1.

He has also made his debut for his national side on 25 March 2016 starting in a 1-0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification triumph against Cape Verde.