Emirates Stadium side look to strengthen defence with move for versatile Old Trafford man.
Arsenal are readying a bid for £10m rated Man United defender Chris Smalling according to Goal.com.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger sees the 24 year old as an ideal acquisition to help boost his options at the back, with the England international comfortable in both right-back and centre-back roles.
Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal is open to offers for the former Fulham man, who’s contract expires in 2016, and Arsenal are more than capable of meeting his £52k a week salary demands.
Arsenal have experienced something of an injury crisis of late with full-backs Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Debuchy both being sidelined.
Indeed the sale of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona has arguably also left the Emirates Stadium side short of central defensive options to boot, though youngster Calum Chambers has been superb when called in to fill in on that front.
It may be fair to say that Smalling’s involvement in Louis van Gaal’s side at present is down purely to the lack of alternatives, hence the Man United manager’s apparent willingness to sell Smalling, and clearly if the Dutch manager brings in additions of his own in January then such a sale becomes all the more likely.