Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has an interest in Manchester United pair Tom Cleverley and Chris Smalling.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is interested in signing Tom Cleverley and Chris Smalling from Premier League rivals Manchester United, according to reports in the Mirror.
Both players have been criticised for their performances for club and country over the past twelve months, making the duo a perplexing choice of transfer targets for the Arsenal manager as he looks to plot the club’s return to challenging for the game’s top honours.
Louis van Gaal’s United look set to seal their own transfer from Arsenal, with Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen set for a move to Old Trafford, meaning that either Cleverley or Smalling could be used as a makeweight in any deal that is struck between the two clubs.
Midfielder Cleverley emerged from the youth system at Old Trafford, enjoying fruitful loan spells with Leicester City and Wigan Athletic before establishing himself as a member of the first team, whilst centre back Smalling was signed from Fulham after the Cottagers had discovered him playing for Maidstone United in non-league football.
Arsenal have been linked with a number of players this summer as they look to strengthen their squad, with cost effective back-up in central midfield and central defence being towards the top of Wenger’s agenda.