Report: Arsenal desperate to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka, swap deal considered

Alireza Jahanbakhsh of Brighton & Hove Albion tackles Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion at Selhurst Park...

Arsenal are reportedly eyeing up ways to sign Crystal Palace's Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh of Brighton & Hove Albion tackles Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion at Selhurst Park...

According to The Sun, Arsenal are so serious about signing Crystal Palace ace Aaron Wan-Bissaka that they could offer Reiss Nelson or Ainsley Maitland-Niles in a bid.

The Gunners have seen Hector Bellerin go down with a major injury, and are seemingly looking at other right backs for the summer transfer window.

Having the versatility to play as a right back and right wing back would be ideal for Unai Emery's tactical flexibility, and they appear to have identified Wan-Bissaka as the top target.

 

The speedy 21-year-old started out as a winger and remains a threat going forward despite converting to a right back, but his defensive play has been simply outstanding for the Eagles since his debut a year ago.

A host of clubs will want Wan-Bissaka, but The Sun claim Arsenal hope to tempt Crystal Palace into a deal by offering players in part-exchange.

Utility man Maitland-Niles or star winger Nelson – two homegrown talents – are the players named as potentially being offered up to Palace, but it remains to be seen whether they're interested.

Reiss Nelson of 1899 Hoffenheim looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Manchester City and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Etihad Stadium on December 12, 2018 in Manchester,...

It would be a shock to see Nelson offered, as he has scored six goals in 18 games out on loan at Hamburg this term, whilst Maitland-Niles has been in Emery's first-team this season.

Yet maybe Arsenal know that it will take a stunning offer to tempt Palace into business, and offering up either of those young talents may just help them land Wan-Bissaka come the end of the season.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Blackpool at Emirates Stadium on October 31, 2018 in London, England.

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