Sol Campbell says Arsenal should rival Manchester United to sign Raphael Varane and partner him with Ben White at the Emirates.
The Brighton defender, 23, is having a medical this week ahead of his £50million move to the Gunners.
Elsewhere, talkSPORT understands Man United will sign Varane, 28, for around £43m from Real Madrid.
But with the deal yet to be finalised, Campbell believes Arsenal should attempt to hijack the transfer.
The Gunners legend, who won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups in north London, told talkSPORT: “I’d be busting a gut to bring in Varane.
“When you look at it, there would be an instant impact. Look at what he’s won in the game, the experience he brings to the game.
“He’s a winner and he could teach his teammates around him. That’s what you want.
“He’s young enough, he’s in his best years. He’s had a wonderful career at Real Madrid… but hey, bring him in!
“I don’t know much about Ben White, but he got into the England squad for the Euros.
“Hopefully it does work out. But if you want that instant success and you want to build a team, you bring in Ben White, but you also bring in someone like Varane – you bring both of them in!”
White has just one season of Premier League football under his belt as he starred for Brighton last term.
And Campbell has warned Arsenal the transfer MUST work out given the big fee they are paying.
He said: “It needs to work out because Arsenal are not in the position to shift out £50m for a player. He’ll definitely have to start.
“If it does happen and the medical is all good, he’ll have to hit the ground running. It’s a difficult one, it’s a lot of money.
“They’re looking at the years ahead and they see a future. He can play in midfield or as a full-back. At £50m, you’ve got to be the master of your position.”
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