Arsene Wenger is apparently keen on Leicester City’s young left-back Ben Chilwell, but will have to try a little harder to get his man after seeing a second bid rejected, according to the Football Insider (via the Express).
After an initial £3m bid was rejected, Wenger came back with an improved £4m bid plus ad-ons. The Foxes rejected that too though, and seem determined to keep hold of the young English defender.
Previous reports (via the Daily Mail) suggested a bid of £5m would be enough to tempt Claudio Ranieri into selling, a fee Wenger was apparently willing to match.
Whether he returns with an improved bid before the end of the window remains to be seen, but if he doesn’t then it may be too late. The Express’ report claims Leicester are looking to offer the youngster an improved contract, keeping him at the club beyond his remaining 18 months, as well as giving him ten times his current wages.
The 19-year-old has been in impressive form this season, spending the first half of the campaign on loan with Huddersfield before returning to Leicester. We’re understandly facing some serious competition for his signature, although you’d expect him to pick Arsenal over Tottenham or Liverpool – the other two Premier League sides he’s been linked with (via the Express).
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We’re not exactly short of left-backs, but signing a youngster for the future certainly seems wise. Kieran Gibbs hasn’t improved as much as we would have liked, and Nacho Monreal obviously isn’t as young as he used to be. The Spaniard has been one of our most reliable defenders recently, but could do with a young protege.