Emirates Stadium side keen on Stamford Bridge pair.
Arsene Wenger will look to pull off an audacious double Stamford Bridge swoop this summer as the Arsenal boss sets his sights on Belgian pair Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois.
Arsenal will hope to tempt the pair, both of whom have spent the season on loan spells to West Brom and Atletico Madrid respectively.
Wenger is on the lookout for a new custodian having lost faith in Polish youngster Wojciech Szczesny and has been monitoring Blues keeper Courtois for some time. The 20 year old keeper has been a revelation during two excellent seasons at the Vicente Calderon, helping Diego Simeone’s side to a Europa League title in his first campaign and is largely responsible for the fact that Atletico Madrid have the best defensive record in La Liga this term.
However Courtois is yet to play a senior game for Chelsea and is seemingly unlikely to unseat Petr Cech any time soon so could be tempted by a move elsewhere. The West London side may not however be keen on selling the talented Belgian international to a direct rival and Arsenal will have to make a fairly hefty bid to persuade them to do so.
Wenger chased Lukaku doggedly during his emergence on the scene at Anderlecht but Arsenal were unable, or unwilling, to enter into a bidding war with Chelsea, who signed the teenager on a deal that could end up costing as much as £17m, winning the race to sign the Belgian striker back in August 2011.
After an indifferent first season at Chelsea Lukaku was loaned out to West Brom where he has excelled, netting 14 Premier League goals for Steve Clarke’s Baggies side.
With speculation rife that Chelsea will look to bring in a ‘Marquee’ striker signing it seems entirely possible that Lukaku will not be playing a prominent role in the club’s first team set-up next season, and indeed may be loaned out for another year.
Arsenal are keen to strengthen their attack and Wenger is a keen admirer of the powerful forward and will make advances for the Chelsea youngster this summer.
Though Arsene Wenger believes both Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud have a great deal to offer in the Arsenal attack he is keen to supplement his options and feels that Lukaku’s speed and directness could fit well with the Gunners style of play.
Both young players may well have uncertain Chelsea futures, especially with a new manager set to take the helm this summer, and as such Wenger will look to take advantage of any vulnerability by making his interest in the duo known.