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Arsenal will have to pay £30m if they are to buy Ukrainian defender Mykola Matviyenko from Shakhtar Donetsk.
The player’s agent says the clubs are in talks about a deal for the 23-year-old, who has 18 months left on his contract.
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has faced Matviyenko twice this season in the Champions League when he was assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
Arsenal want a centre-back this month and have been linked with Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake and Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.
Arsenal would prefer a loan deal over a permanent move.