Arsenal are eyeing a move for Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo this summer, according to The Telegraph.
The Gunners are looking to reinforce their squad for European football next season and have earmarked the Portuguese international as a potential addition.
Cancelo is out of favour at City after falling out with manager Pep Guardiola. He moved to Bayern Munich on loan in January, but the Bavarians don’t want to sign him permanently.
However, he does not want to return to City and will find a new club. Arsenal could be an option for him.
The Gunners are wary that City may reject any offer they make. Arsenal already took Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus from City last summer.
Those two signings helped push Arsenal into the title race, and the Cityzens are not keen on strengthening their rivals again.
Ben White has played at right-back for the Gunners but is a centre-back by trade. A new right-back will help him return to his natural position.
Takehiro Tomiyasu has been dealing with niggling injuries since he arrived from Bologna. The Gunners to strengthen in that department.
They showed interest in signing 18-year-old Real Valladolid sensation Ivan Fresneda in January.
They could return for the talented teenager if they fail to get Cancelo. Man City have all the leverage, as he recently signed a new contract that runs until 2027.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta worked briefly with the 28-year-old at City before his appointment at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners are also preparing a £92 million offer to sign West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.
The 24-year-old is a top target for Arsenal as they seek to sign two new defensive midfielders. Granit Xhaka is heading to Bayer Leverkusen this summer.
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