Reports across the main newspapers this morning have suggested that Arsenal are trying to sign Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell.
The 19 year old has apparently been earmarked by Arsene Wenger as somebody who could understudy Nacho Monreal, who signed a new contract earlier this week. That leaves the future of Kieran Gibbs in some doubt as it’s unlikely the England international would want to spend another season sitting on the bench.
Chilwell has only played two games for Leicester, but with reported interest from Man City and Liverpool, Arsenal are keen to get the deal done this month to ward off their competitors.
On the face of it, it does make some sense in the medium term. If Gibbs does decide to move in the summer, a replacement will be needed, and bringing in a young player to learn from Monreal seems very much the kind of thing Arsene Wenger would do.
However, the manager more or less ruled out any more arrivals this month in his press conference on Friday, saying, “We are always open to the exceptional occasion of course because it can be a long-term exceptional opportunity that we would take. But at the moment I expect our last 10 days to be quiet.”
As such, we’re giving this one a cautious 5 on the Poo-o-meter.