Arsenal are reportedly competing with Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur for Crystal Palace centre-back Marc Guehi.
After leaving Chelsea in the summer of 2021, the 22-year-old quickly established himself as a starter for the Eagles and has gone from strength to strength alongside Joachim Andersen.
Guehi has five goals and an assist in 78 games for Crystal Palace across all competitions, including one goal in 36 appearances during the 2022-23 season.
The ex-Swansea City loanee has started and finished the full 90 minutes in 33 of Palace’s Premier League games this season, and he has also been given the armband on eight occasions, including games against Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea.For more
Guehi’s efforts in a Palace shirt won him his first three caps for the senior England team in 2022, despite missing out on a World Cup call-up.
Guehi’s long-term deal, which runs until 2026, protects Roy Hodgson’s side, but the Eagles’ commitment could be tested this summer against members of the Big Six.
Man United, Manchester City, and Tottenham are all thought to be interested in signing Guehi, who could fetch at least £50 million and as much as £60 million to leave Selhurst Park.
Marc Guehi to Arsenal?
According to The Sun, Arsenal have thrown their hat into the ring in order for Mikel Arteta to solve the defensive inadequacies that have wrecked his side’s Premier League title charge.
With William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes as their primary duo, the Gunners launched on an unexpected title charge, but the former has been sidelined for over a month with a troubling back issue.
The Frenchman’s absence has been felt acutely, as Arsenal have failed to win any of their previous four Premier League games, conceding 11 goals with Rob Holding in the backline.
Ben White is capable of playing in the centre of defence, but the England international has shone at right-back this season in place of the injured Takehiro Tomiyasu, who is sidelined for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Arsenal did improve their defensive ranks in January by signing Jakub Kiwior from Spezia, but Arteta has rarely used the Poland international due to his inexperience.
As a result, the Gunners are reportedly reconsidering their summer recruitment strategy, after initially targeting Moises Caicedo and Declan Rice as two-star acquisitions for £150 million costs.
Instead, Arsenal may abandon such plans in favour of a more balanced summer window, as Arteta prepares to offload a slew of unwanted fringe players who are not considered Champions League level.
The Gunners will compete in Europe’s premier tournament for the first time since 2016-17 next season, although they have dropped to second in the Premier League rankings following Manchester City’s 4-1 hammering of Fulham on Sunday.
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