Arsene Wenger looks to complete the second winter signing as he has reportedly launched a £4million bid for Leicester City fullback Ben Chilwell, according to Football Insider and Daily Star.
English newspaper the Mirror reported last summer that Arsenal saw their £3million bid for the England youth international rebuffed, but their French manager appears determined to land the highly rated youngster after signing Mohamed Elneny from Basel two weeks ago.
The 19-year-old rightback has had his chances limited at King Power Stadium, with Christian Fuchs being a mainstay of the Foxes defence, but has lately seen an upsurge in prominence thanks to his fruitful loan spell with Championship side Huddersfield Town, where he played all ninety minutes in eight league games.
His revelation has seen the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal queuing for his signature, but Claudio Ranieri stated earlier this month that he would be a cornerstone of the Leicester team in the future. However, the improved offer may tempt the league leaders.
“We are building and looking for good, talented young players. Ben [Chilwell] is our future, and he stays with us,” said the Leicester boss. “He had a very great match against Tottenham, and he was sure and outstanding. I am very surprised with how well he played, but that is what I wanted.”
The Leicester fullback may seek inspiration from 20-year-old Hector Bellerin, who has demoted French international rightback in Mathieu Debuchy. With Nacho Monreal shortly reaching his thirties, he may as well fancy his chances of becoming a first-team regular under Arsene Wenger.
However, his potential arrival could mark the end of the Arsenal career of academy product Kieran Gibbs, who has started only a handful of games for the Emirates Stadium outfit, with most of those coming in cup competitions.