Arsenal could have signed Mario Lemina from Juventus this summer – but Arsene Wenger decided against the move.
At the back end of last season, though, Arsenal scouts and principal transfer negotiator Dick Law apparently identified Lemina as a player to target.
The 23-year-old has been linked with a host of Premier League sides during the window, including West Ham, Stoke and Watford.
But Southampton appear to have now won the race with Lemina passing a medical ahead of an £18million switch.
And according to the London Evening Standard, Wenger was responsible for blocking his potential arrival at Arsenal.
The Gunners were first to identify him as a target ahead of their Premier League rivals.
However, despite the club’s much-relied upon analytical data backing a pursuit of Lemina too, the London Evening Standard add Wenger chose to prioritise other areas.
A club-record £52m move for Lacazette was completed and Monaco winger Thomas Lemar continues to be chased.
Opinion over Lemina, who started just eight Serie A games last term, was divided and Arsene Wenger had the final say.
Even though Wenger had strong recommendations to go after Lemina, the Juventus ace was ignored.
The Frenchman has ultimately shown he remains in control of Arsenal’s transfer policy, having fought off the club’s wish to bring in a director of football.