Arsenal Lodge Enquiry For Man Utd Duo As Wenger Eyes Second Signing
Arsenal have made contact with Manchester United to lodge an enquiry over the availability of defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones this summer
Managers are now pressing ahead with their plans for the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Today, Arsenal are linked with two Manchester United defenders….
Arsenal have made contact with Manchester United to lodge an enquiry over the availability of defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones this summer, according to a report in the Express.
Arsene Wenger is gearing-up for a busy few months and has already strengthened his defensive options after snapping-up left-back Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from Schalke.
However, the Gunners boss is also seemingly in the market for a new central defender and it appears the Frenchman has now stepped-up his interest in Smalling and Jones as he looks to secure his second major signing.
The Express are citing a report from the Gambling Times that claims Arsenal have been in touch with United to ask about the availability of the England international’s this summer.
The newspaper says Wenger is keen to land one of the duo and offer them a fresh start at the Emirates so he’s asked United to be kept informed of any developments.
Smalling has been tipped to leave Old Trafford this summer after failing to win over Jose Mourinho last season with the 27-year-old starting just 13 Premier League games throughout the entire campaign.
Jones recovered from two serious injuries to rack up 18 league starts but the 25-year-old is set to fall down the pecking order following the imminent arrival of Victor Lindelof.
The Swedish international is set to sign from Benfica so with Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Eric Bailly also on the books, one of Jones or Smalling are expected to leave this summer.
It looks like Arsenal are ready to pounce if either are made available for transfer as Wenger looks to add to his defensive options after switching to a back three during the closing stages of last season.
However, it remains to be seen whether Mourinho will be ready to do business with his old foe Wenger, even for a player deemed surplus to requirements.