Arsenal make tentative approaches to rivals Chelsea over audacious summer raid

Arsenal have made a shock approach to Chelsea as they mull over the possibility of making an audacious raid for defender Kurt Zouma, according to Italian journalist Emanuele Giullanelli.

Defensive frailty has been a sewing motif in North London for what seems like an eternity and manager Arsene Wenger is feeling the heat perhaps more than ever after another failed title tilt.

Having already signed Granit Xhaka and reportedly in hot pursuit of Juventus forward Alvaro Morata, the Gunners are seemingly plotting an assault on the Premier League.

Now, they are said to have made contact with their capital counterparts over the prospect of luring the 21-year old to the Emirates Stadium.

Though the Frenchman is currently out injured after picking up a gruesome ACL problem earlier this season, he remains one of the most promising central defenders in Europe.

The Blues themselves are due to undergo a major restructure as Antonio Conte gears up to arrive in West London, having been linked with the likes of John Stones and Leonardo Bonucci.