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Arsenal ‘ask Manchester United about Chris Smalling’ as they eye new centre-back

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is desperate to add another defender this month and wanted the England international as part of deal taking Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford

Arsenal are eyeing a shock move for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, according to reports.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is looking to add a central defender this month and has been monitoring West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans.


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Arsene Wenger could try to land Chris Smalling this month

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Arsene Wenger could try to land Chris Smalling this month

However, the former United defender prefers a move back to the North-West with Manchester City favourites.

Wenger wanted Smalling, 28, as part of the deal allowing Alexis Sanchez to move to Old Trafford, according to the Gambling Times.

The Frenchman also enquired about Anthony Martial, that was also rebuffed by Jose Mourinho.


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Now Arsenal are set to make another tilt at the England international who is enjoying an extended run in the side following the injury to Eric Bailly.

Arsene Wenger is on the hunt for a new defender this month

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Arsene Wenger is on the hunt for a new defender this month

If Jonny Evans leaves West Brom he prefers move to Manchester City

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If Jonny Evans leaves West Brom he prefers move to Manchester City

Bailly is not expected to be available until next month and United could be open to allowing Smalling to move on.

The 28-year-old who has lost his place in the Three Lions squad has made 27 appearances for United and helped keep a clean sheet on Saturday in the win at Burnley.

Smalling snubbed the chance to move to the Emirates when he opted to move to Old Trafford in 2010.

The defender has 18 months left on his current deal with an option for the club to extend it by a further 12 months.


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