Goal.com has tipped Arsenal to make a £10 million January move for Manchester United central defender Chris Smalling.
The Gunners have previously been linked with Smalling, when there were rumours that United could be moving to try and do a deal for ex-Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen.
Goal’s story claims the defender will be available for that amount in the winter and has suggested that the Gunners wouldn’t have a problem matching his current wage deal at Old Trafford.
“Arsenal are ready to make a January move for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling,” reports Goal.
“Smalling, whose contract does not expire until the summer of 2016, would be available for as little as £10 million in the winter window as Louis van Gaal continues to listen to offers for United's fringe stars.”
“The Gunners could comfortably match the £52,000-per-week wages that the England international currently earns at Old Trafford and Wenger is particularly attracted by Smalling's defensive versatility.”
Arsene Wenger made some positive signings in the summer transfer window but one of the areas he didn’t address was bringing in a direct replacement for Vermaelen.
Calum Chambers arrived in a £16 million deal from Southampton but he looks likely to play anywhere he’s needed this season rather than settling into a position in Arsenal’s backline.
Smalling is strongest at centre-back and with United tipped to go after some big money defensive signings this winter, the club will more than likely be open to a deal as Goal suggests.
Arsenal also have an advantage in the form of Danny Welbeck who has just made the exact same move from United to Arsenal and he could be crucial in convincing the England defender to move to North London.
Smalling has had opportunities at United this season but it seems he hasn’t done enough with his two starts and one appearance off the bench to convince Louis van Gaal not to pull the trigger over his future.