Arsenal leading race to sign on-loan Man United defender – report
Arsenal are considering a move to sign Chris Smalling from Man United next summer, say reports
Arsenal are leading the race to sign Chris Smalling from Manchester United, according to reports in the British media.
The Sun, as quoted by the Daily Mail, is reporting that the Gunners are keeping tabs on the English defender, who has been impressing during his loan spell at AS Roma this season.
The same story says that Arsenal are “big admirers” of Smalling and they have added him to their list of potential transfer targets for next year.
It is claimed in the same report that Arsenal have been keeping tabs on Smalling since his loan move to Italy at the start of the season.
Smalling, 30, has scored two goals and made one assist in 11 Serie A games for AS Roma so far this season.
Arsenal had scouts present at the San Siro on Friday to watch Smalling help AS Roma keep a clean sheet against rivals Inter Milan, according to the same article.
The story claims, however, that Arsenal could face competition from Premier League rivals Everton and Leicester City for Smalling’s signature next summer.
Arsenal are likely to be linked with a number of players in the coming days and weeks as the January transfer window presents the chance for them to bolster their squad.
The Gunners will return to Premier League action on Monday night with a trip to West Ham United.