English Premiership

Smalling the next Gunner?

2015-03-25 11:07
Chris Smalling (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Arsene Wenger may look to add a second Manchester United player to his Arsenal squad as reports link the London club with a bid for Chris Smalling.

Arsenal are willing to offer £12 million for the England international, according to the Mirror.

There was a certain amount of controversy when Danny Welbeck, an academy product at Manchester United, was sold to rivals Arsenal at the start of the current campaign.

Smalling's current deal expires at the end of next season which has increased speculation over the long-term future of the player at the Manchester club. However, there are unconfirmed reports that the Old Trafford club is keen on extending Smalling's deal at the club.

The centre-back has endured a difficult season at United, starting just 14 of 30 league fixtures - including the last four consecutively. His early season form was hampered by injury and then a sending off in the Manchester Derby in November.

Smalling is on international duty with England alongside teammate Phil Jones.

Wenger was beaten to Smalling's signature by the Red Devils in 2010 when Smalling left Fulham.

Sir Alex Ferguson beat his long-term managerial rival when he signed the centre-back for a fee in the region of £10 million.

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