Arsenal are planning a bid to steal Manchester United defender Chris Smalling from the clutches of Roma, according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.
Mikel Arteta is keen to bolster his defensive ranks ahead of next season and Smalling has proved a revelation during his season-long stint in Serie A.
Roma have been so impressed that they are keen to re-sign the 30-year-old but United do have an offer on the table from Arsenal.
The Red Devils want £25 million for Smalling which is £5 million more than the fee Roma believed it would take to sign him on a permanent deal (Metro).
During his season in Italy, he has played 28 games in all competitions, scoring two goals in Serie A in the process.
Smalling has certainly proven to his critics that he is a capable defender and surely he’d relish another Premier League opportunity.
Arsenal boss Arteta added Pablo Mari to his ranks during the January window and he should become a permanent addition in the summer.
Sokratis could depart, however, and that will leave an opening for another central defender to come in.
Smalling could prove a shrewd addition for the Gunners, especially for such a low fee.
The ex-Fulham youngster will be desperate to throw himself into contention for the European Championships which take place in 2021.
If he can go to Arsenal and perform well then it could prove a good move for everyone involved.
The centre-back is strong, good in the air and isn’t afraid to put his body on the line for the sake of his team.
That level of commitment could prove perfect in Arteta’s close-knit group and his experience would be ideal for the youngsters.
A desire to catch the eye of Gareth Southgate might see him prefer a move to Arsenal over Roma.
A chance to show United what they are missing out on might prove pivotal in the mind of Smalling.