Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger is interested in the signing of World Cup winning midfielder Sergio Busquets, according to reports in Spain.

The Gunners have reportedly been looking to add a defensive midfielder to compete with Francis Coquelin for a starting spot in the first-team and Busquets has emerged as a top target, according to Spanish daily, Sport. The report further add’s that a list of candidates suitable for the role, have been handed out to the club’s hierarchy and Busquets sits at the top of that list.

Arsenal FC have reportedly missed out on Vidal, Schneiderlin and Knodogbia

Arsenal FC . have seen their target list curtailed, as most of the players on the club’s radar have joined other clubs so far in the window, including Arturo Vidal of Juventus, Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton and Geoffrey Kondogbia of AS Monaco, who have joined Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Inter Milan respectively. The Gunners are now pursuing the 27-year-old, former La Masia graduate in a bid to add physical presence in the middle of the park.

The Catalan giants, however, are unwilling to let go of their prized asset, but the Gunners are believed to offer him a bumper contract, in a bid to lure him to the Emirates. Busquets had recently renew his FC Barcelona contract till 2019, and is believed to be happy at the club.

Will Busquets leave FC Barcelona?

Busquets has been at the Catalan club for the past 10 years, and was integral part of the squad that were crowned treble winners last season. Having only renewed his contract recently, he is not expected to move anytime soon and is well settled in his home country. The Gunners need of a defensive midfielder has been well documented for sometime now, however, with the emergence of Francis Coquelin last season, it is believed that Wenger is no longer looking to sign a midfielder. Instead, he probably is concentrating in bringing a World Class striker to the Emirates, with reports pointing towards only one name, Karim Benzema.