Arsenal are slowly coming to terms with the possibility of Bacary Sagna leaving the club in 2014, with Seamus Coleman allegedly lined up as a replacement for the Frenchman.
The Gunners are right to consider Coleman for the role, too. The Everton man's fine standards this season have been key to the Merseyside club's rise up the table, and he plays with the kind of adventure that suits the Arsenal way.
According to the Metro's Danny Griffiths, Arsene Wenger will make a £12 million offer for the Everton right-back in January should the North Londoners fail to agree upon a contract extension with Sagna, whose current deal expires this summer.
Signed from Sligo Rovers for a fee of just £150,000 in 2009, Coleman has a rags-to-riches tale behind his trajectory to Premier League prominence.
Still just 25 years of age, the utility man would be a savvy investment for Arsenal in terms of prospective career options, with his best years yet to come and his star only on the rise.
Like flanking counterpart Leighton Baines, Coleman brings an incredibly rounded game to the table, proficient in both defence and in attack.
This season, only Kevin Mirallas has created more scoring chances than Coleman, according to stats provided by Squawka. The defender is currently averaging more than one key pass per game.
Winning 29 of his 42 tackling attempts, the Donegal native has been a balanced threat, but is perhaps helped slightly by a system under Roberto Martinez that facilitates attacking full-backs.
Is Coleman the right pick for Wenger?
For this reason, it would be interesting to see exactly how the adaptation would go if Coleman were to move to the Emirates. Wenger loves to see his own full-backs raiding forward, so the Everton man seems an ideal fit if he opts for new surroundings.
However, what stands out with Coleman isn't related to statistics or anything physical. The defender has faced some adversity in his career, even struggling to nail down a spot at Sligo for some time. In any case, he has always displayed a great, workmanlike approach, and it's something that comes across in his game.
Tireless running is something a manager would like to expect from a 25-year-old, and yet it's surprising how many players can't be relied upon to produce just that. Coleman never shirks that aspect.
The Guardian's Daniel Taylor pegged Coleman out as one of the most impressive players in Everton's 1-1 draw at the Emirates at the weekend:
Arsenal finished half strongly but Everton the better team until then. Barkley getting lots of praise but Coleman outstanding too— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) December 8, 2013
With defence being at the heart of Everton's push for Europe this season, the young Irishman has reigned as one of the most impressive, offering a balanced approach that could prove superior even to Sagna.
Bill Kenwright won't be pleased about the prospect of losing another one of the stars that his club have developed, but Everton may have to supply Champions League football to Coleman in order to protect his long-term future.