Arsenal have set their sights on a move for Manchester United’s on-loan centre-back Chris Smalling, according to the latest reports.
Smalling left United in the summer transfer window following the arrival of Harry Maguire and joined Serie A side Roma on a season-long loan.
The 30-year-old Englishman has impressed during his first few months in Serie A and Giallorossi are already keen to make the move permanent.
But according to a recent report by the Sunday Mirror, Smalling has attracted interest from the Gunners, with the club constantly monitoring his progress in Serie A.
The report claims that Red Devils are open to selling Smalling but are demanding £18m for the centre-back.
It’s also claimed that Leicester City and Everton are keeping tabs on Smalling’s performances at Giallorossi in preparation for a potential move at the end of the term.
Speaking about Smalling’s displays at the Rome-based outfit, Solskjaer said earlier this week:
‘Chris has been fantastic. We know sometimes if you change the environment it can go both ways.
‘But Chris is the type to relish these challenges he’s cultured, enjoys life down there, it’s a new experience for him.
‘He’s a boy who couldn’t be here without being a regular and we’re so happy for him because we can see the top player he is.’
In other news, Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta is reportedly interested to be considered as a candidate to become the new Arsenal head coach on a long-term basis.
Freddie Ljungberg is currently in charge of senior-team affairs having replaced Unai Emery, although the Swedish star is allegedly not being considered as a genuine variant for the role on a permanent basis.