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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reportedly wants to sign Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso as part of a summer spending spree should the 67-year-old sign a new contract at the end of the season.

Wenger’s current deal with the Gunners expires this summer, but French publication L’Equipe (h/t Football.London’s Charles Watts) believes Wenger will sign a one-year contract and be given the green light to spend big in the transfer window.

Tolisso will be one of the Frenchman’s main targets, per the reports: “L’Equipe name Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso as one of Wenger’s potential targets, with the £30 million rated star expected to leave the Ligue 1 club at the end of the season.”

Wenger is expected to spend big if he stays at Arsenal beyond this season.

Wenger is expected to spend big if he stays at Arsenal beyond this season.LINDSEY PARNABY/Getty Images

Lyon ace Tolisso has previously made it clear how much he admires the Gunners, per another report from L’Equipe (h/t Watts): “Many clubs make me dream like Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and England with teams like Arsenal. I like the Premier League and I think I am well suited to it.”

Arsenal’s chances of signing Tolisso are also strengthened by mooted fellow suitors Juventus losing interest, according to L’Equipe (h/t Metro‘s Mark Brus).

There is no doubt Tolisso has the technical qualities Wenger is sure to admire. The Gunners boss loves midfielders who can dictate games with astute passing, perceptive vision and classy touches.

Those attributes are at the core of Tolisso’s game, with the precocious 22-year-old providing six assists and scoring 14 goals in all competitions for Les Gones this season, per WhoScored.com.

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