Arsenal are reportedly keen on signing Derby County starlet Lee Buchanan during the summer transfer window – and Wayne Rooney’s comments will provide supporters with optimism.
The Gunners will chase new recruits during the summer. With their hopes of European football in the balance, however, they could be forced to shop in a different market.
It has been claimed by the Daily Mail, that Arsenal are keen on the left-back who has been making serious waves with the Rams this season.
Buchanan has won England under-21 honours during 2020/21 and is seemingly set for a really bright future in the game.
Rooney knows a thing or two about winning big honours and playing with top players from his team as a Manchester United and England star.
His management skills are still open for discussion, however, with Derby still in contention to be relegated this season.
That could open the door for Arsenal to land Buchanan at a really affordable rate and some comments from England’s all-time leading goalscorer should excite supporters.
Derby boss Rooney, previously said: “He’s a top, top player. I’d argue he’s one of the best young left-backs in the country.
“And he can go to another level as well…no…he’s a really top player.”
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It’s fair to say that any left-back signed by Arsenal will be playing understudy to the Scotland international. His form since checking in from Celtic has been fantastic and he’s among the best in the division.
When he’s been absent this season though, the Gunners have struggled. Cedric has been called upon, whilst more recently Granit Xhaka has filled in on the left-hand side of the back four.
That isn’t really the mentality of a big club and Arsenal must ensure they have better strength in depth next season.
At 20, the future looks really bright for the youngster and with 43 first-team outings to his name, he could be a shrewd piece of business for the Gunners.