Arsenal are may see another top transfer target head to Manchester this summer, according to the latest reports.
Angelo Ogbonna is a Torino defender who appears to have been tracked by a number of Premier League clubs this season, with Arsenal thought to be one of the keenest teams to sign him this summer.
However, Manchester United are also thought to be interested in the 24-year-old as squad cover for their ample defensive talent, which currently forms a very strong defensive group at Old Trafford.
Ogbonna has already spoken of being flattered by the interest from United, making no mention of the links to an Arsenal move, which have been appearing throughout the season.
That suggests that unless all of these rumours have no basis whatsoever, there is only one Premier League move that Ogbonna will push for in the summer making it difficult for the Gunners to get through to his representatives.
It’s a shame because he could be a very good signing for Arsenal, as he’s quick, strong and can play multiple positions across the back four.
Arsenal should also be in a very good position ahead of next season with a possible top four finish and the manager having plenty of cash to spend to improve the side throughout the summer.
In that respect it should be somewhat of a no brainer because he stands a much better chance of playing regular first team football with Arsenal over a move to United, where he may be way down the pecking order.
The Italian has insisted that he is not thinking about his future and is only interested in the rest of the Serie A season with Torino but he’s virtually admitted he’s aware of Premier League interest, which means he must already be toying with the idea of a move.
If it comes down to money then Arsenal have more than enough in the bank to go up against United, as the teams will have to table competitive bids to buy out the remaining three years of his contract at the club.
Arsenal are also in a position where they could offer him a competitive wage deal, which would not risk the current wage structure they have at the club or the impending financial controls about to come into English football.
It all comes down to that guarantee of a shot at the big time and a crack at every piece of silverware going, which is why United are always going to have the edge over Arsenal when it comes to this sort of transfer.
Fortunately on this occasion, it won’t be a case of Arsenal losing one of their own best players to one of the big Manchester clubs, just a transfer target who would ultimately improve their current back four.
Where do you think he’ll go this summer? Will he stay in Italy perhaps?