Arsenal are lining up a summer bid for Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, according to The Sun.
The defender has been in excellent form for the Eagles this season, making a total of 28 appearances in all competitions, while also winning two caps for England’s Under-21 side.
Per the aforementioned report, Wan-Bissaka is seen as a pacey, strong option at full-back as Unai Emery looks to bolster his defence.
Palace are said to value Wan-Bissaka at £40million, while the Gunners would also have to beat off competition from a number of rival suitors.
Everton are also interested, per The Sun, while Manchester City and Bayern Munich are monitoring developments surrounding the 21-year-old.
Wan-Bissaka, however, may be swayed by the prospect of staying in London, with Palace identifying Chelsea’s Reece James as a potential replacement.
Arsenal have struggled with the right-back position this season, as Hector Bellerin is out injured.
Stephan Lichtsteiner, at the age of 35, has often been deployed as the Spaniard’s deputy, along with Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Wan-Bissaka is a fantastic prospect and is everything Arsenal need.
Bellerin’s injury problems this season have left the Gunners short and bringing in the England youth international would add genuine depth to the full-back position.
The youngster could be Arsenal’s first-choice right-back for the next decade and an investment of £40m in the current transfer market is pennies, particularly for a player who is only set to improve.
It may well leave Bellerin on the fringes but healthy competition is a good thing and the 23-year-old should relish any battle for his position.
A bidding war may well erupt this summer, with a number of top clubs eyeing Wan-Bissaka, but Arsenal should do everything they can to ensure he ends up in north London.