Sevilla have confirmed they are in talks with Arsenal over the possible sale of Sebastien Squillaci.
The France international centre-back was reportedly left out of the Spanish side's UEFA Champions League play-off clash with Braga in order to avoid being cup-tied.
Arsenal are in the market for a new centre-back after defenders William Gallas, Sol Campbell, Mikael Silvestre and Philippe Senderos were all allowed to leave the North London club at the end of last season.
Arsene Wenger has already added Laurent Koscielny to his defensive ranks and it looks like another Frenchman could be arriving at the Emirates Stadium.
The 30-year-old, who joined Sevilla from Lyon in 2008, is reportedly valued at 8 million Euros, but Sevilla sporting director Ramon Rodriguez insists a deal has not been stuck yet.
"The player asked not to play because of the offer from such a big team but, for the moment, we believe the offer is insufficient and Squillaci is still a Sevilla player," said Rodriguez after the La Liga outfit's 1-0 defeat at Braga on Wednesday.
Sevilla added in a statement on their official website: "Sebastien Squillaci's future is in the air.
"As was confirmed by sporting director Ramon Rodriguez at the airport in Porto, the club have received an offer from Arsenal.
"The player asked coaches not to play him in the match."