The rumour: Arsenal are ready to make an £8 million January bid for the Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings according to The Telegraph as Arsene Wenger looks to continue his English revolution.
The Gunners are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements after failing to replace captain Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny struggling with an ongoing achilles problem. With the January transfer window approaching, Wenger has the opportunity to bring in one or two new faces.
Ipswich rejected a £3m offer for Mings from Crystal Palace during the summer, and since the 21-year-old has agreed a contract extension until 2017 the Championship outfit have slapped a £10m price tag on their star defender.
It is believed Palace are still keen while Chelsea are accredited with interest in the highly rated enforcer too.
Mings has predominantly played at left back with Ipswich but at 6ft 3 ins it is suggested he can progress into a centre-back in a similar fashion to Gunners new boy Calum Chambers.
Mings has been a regular for Ipswich this season building on 16 league appearances last campaign and was voted the Championship Player of the month for September.
The former Southampton youngster made his debut for the club on 4 May 2013 and is not yet capped at youth or senior international level.
Should We Buy?:
Wenger needs to invest in a defender this winter and it is likely to be someone who can step up to the plate when needed and develop at the club rather than a world class starting defender.
With Koscielny and Mertesacker back in action together it only further enforces Wenger’s persistence with the duo and puts a big money move for someone like Mats Hummels in jeopardy.
While not many would have heard of Mings, if Arsenal’s scouting team believe he can do a job in the Premier League then the 21-year-old could be a useful signing for the future but not necessarily what we need right now. Although he has the ability to cover at left back the worry is he is yet to prove he can fulfill a role at centre half.
£10m is a little steep, but Arsenal will hope to bargain Ipswich down as much as possible if they do pursue the player.
Rumour Rater: 3/5
1 – Never going to happen
2 – Unlikely
3 – Could be possible
4 – Likely
5 – Done deal
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