The latest version of the Transfer Bin assesses the likeliness of an Arsenal bid for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.
The Daily Star claims that Smalling has been on Arsene Wenger’s radar ever since his days at Fulham with the Frenchman apparently keen to sign the versatile right sided defender after the World Cup.
“Emirates boss Arsene Wenger has been keen on Smalling since his days at Fulham,” reads the Star’s report.
“And Arsenal now believe United would be prepared to sell the England centre-back, who has added appeal to Wenger because he can also play at right-back.”
United boss David Moyes is reportedly unhappy that Smalling was pictured on a night out when he was meant to be recovering from injury but there arte plenty of reasons why it could be hard for Arsenal to do a deal this summer.
Firstly, he’s a versatile defender who has the ability to play on the right hand side of central defence or as a right-back in a wider defensive position.
That versatility allows him to cover multiple positions and compensate for the absence of different players in the defensive section of Moyes’ United squad.
The 24-year-old has been a regular feature in Moyes’ side this season with 23 Premier League appearances and that count could increase dramatically heading into the new campaign.
Nemanja Vidic’s exit at the end of this season creates a gap in the United back four and while there is speculation Moyes will buy a high profile defender this summer, he could also choose to fill that gap with one of his current defenders.
That increases the chance that Moyes could go for someone like Smalling as a regular feature in his back four, allowing the former Fulham man to improve as a defender even further.
There is also the World Cup to consider, with Smalling’s versatility meaning he stands a great chance of featuring in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the tournament in Brazil.
Should Smalling get a chance at the World Cup and play well, it will make it even more difficult for Arsenal to get their hands on the England international as United will tense up and look to protect him from any unwanted speculation and rumour.
Rubbish Rating: If Smalling is actively looking for a move away from Old Trafford then Arsenal is a possibility. However, he’s a versatile and intelligent defender, who Moyes is only likely to use more at Old Trafford.