Arsenal in advanced talks with €20m-rated Serie A centre-back

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You don’t have to look that far in the past to see a time where Red Devils and Gunners were bitter rivals, but now they appear to be open to doing business with each other.

Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have all gone between the clubs recently, and now it seems like Chris Smalling may have the opportunity to make a similar switch.

Chris was forgotten about at Theatre of Dreams and sent out on loan to Serie A giants where he’s done well, but there’s no real suggestion that he’s done enough to force his way back into the Red Devils set up.

Giallorossi want to sign him on a permanent deal, but Gunners have since made an offer for the centre-back that Red Devils value at £25m.

He’s 30 years old so this can’t be seen as a long term solution for Arsenal, but he’s got Premier League experience and they’re poor at the back so perhaps they feel he could bring some solidity to the side.

It looks that Gunners are desperate to add a defender and they do have other options in the market, but Smalling seems like the only one who they’ve made an approach for at this point.