Arsenal have reportedly expressed an interest in bringing Derby left-back Lee Buchanan to the Emirates Stadium, according to the Daily Mail.
The Gunners have endured a difficult season which would fizzle out completely if they fail to overcome Villarreal in Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg.
Mikel Arteta’s charges sit ninth in the Premier League table on 49 points, having lost 13 and drawn seven of their top-flight games this season.
As a result, the Mail speculates that Arsenal will look to raise funds over the summer via player sales and bring in a number of new recruits in order to kick on from this season.
Buchanan is one of the names mentioned, a player who, according to Rams boss Wayne Rooney, is “one of the best young left-backs in the country”.
“And he can go to another level as well… no, he’s a real top player,” added the England legend, as quoted by the Mail.
The 20-year-old has come through the ranks at Derby and has clocked up an impressive 43 senior appearances for the East Midlands club.
Buchanan is a young talent of the highest calibre, and for a legend of the game such as Rooney to make such a bold statement is quite an honour.
In addition, Transfermarkt shows that his contract only runs until next summer, so unless he signs an extension, Derby’s hand is not too strong at this moment in time.
Arsenal have the incredible Kieran Tierney in their ranks but they could do with a talented understudy, so Buchanan would certainly be a good shout.