Moroccan international will consider moves to clubs in the Champions League.
Arsenal have been warned that transfer target Younes Belhanda will only consider a move to the Emirates Stadium in Champions League football is on offer.
Manchester United and Manchester City will bank the two Champions League berths for the top two places, meaning Arsene Wenger’s side are embroiled in battle for the final two places in the top four, primarily with Chelsea and Tottenham, who gained the upper hand after Monday’s 3-2 win at West Ham.
But the Gunners will have to secure another season of Champions League football if they want to secure the signing of Moroccan international midfielder Belhanda from Ligue 1 side Montpellier.
Belhanda is not short of other offers and options after revealing he will leave France in the summer, including a move to Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham, meaning a top four finish is a must if Wenger is to bolster his midfield ranks.
“My dream is to play for a Champions League club,” Belhanda told Canal Plus. “I am a born competitor and in countries like England, Spain and Italy, there are big clubs that I would like to play one day.”
The 23-year-old Belhanda was set for a move to Turkey to join Fenerbahce in January only for the transfer to fall through, while Inter Milan are also keen on signing the midfielder, who is a frequent goalscorer from midfield having found the net times this season.
Arsenal could also move for West Ham’s Mohamed Diame, available for £3.5million, and Bordeaux’s Yohan Gourcuff on the summer as other midfield targets.