Arsenal are considering a surprise move for Southampton full-back Ryan Bertrand, according to a report.
The Gunners recently completed their first signing of the January transfer window, bringing in Mat Ryan from Brighton. It appears their gaze remains fixed towards the South Coast.
According to the Evening Standard, Southampton’s Bertrand is now among a list of left-back targets at the Emirates Stadium.
One year ago, Arsenal signed Cedric Soares from Southampton for the right-hand side of defence. Now, they could revisit the same club for a reinforcement on the opposite side.
Bertrand* is out of contract at the end of the season, but remains important for Southampton. The 31-year-old has started all but one of their first 18 games of the Premier League season.
However, he may be coming towards the end of his time at St Mary’s. Even though he remains happy at the club and could sign an extension, he may be tempted by offers elsewhere.
For example, he was a target for Leicester after they sold Ben Chilwell to Bertrand’s former club Chelsea. The Standard claims the Foxes remain in the hunt for Bertrand, but Arsenal are now also keen.
Mikel Arteta has made no secret of his desire to sign a new left-back after allowing Sead Kolasinac to leave on loan for Schalke. Arsenal need more competition for first-choice Kieran Tierney.
It is claimed that Bertrand is one of the players they are considering. He still lives in London, which may help things.
However, Southampton are keen to keep Bertrand, who is their only senior left-back. Therefore, they are unlikely to sanction a January deal.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, though, has confirmed he only wants players who are fully committed. Therefore, if Bertrand pushes for a transfer, their stance could change.
Mitchell also on shortlist
Another name in contention to join Arsenal is Crystal Palace left-back Tyrick Mitchell.
The report claims Arsenal are among a number of fellow Premier League clubs who have scouted the 21-year-old and are monitoring his development.
Mitchell has started 10 games in the Premier League for Palace so far this season, and would be a longer-term option for Arsenal.
There is some uncertainty around his contractual situation, with it previously being thought he was out of contract at the end of the season. However, the Standard suggest he could be on a longer-term deal.
That could make a move to Arsenal more difficult in the short-term.
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