Arsenal have joined the race to sign Crystal Palace centre-back Marc Guehi, alongside Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur.
After leaving Chelsea in the summer of 2021, the 22-year-old defender quickly established himself as a key player for the Palace and has been performing exceptionally well alongside Joachim Andersen.
Guehi has scored five goals and provided one assist in 78 games for the Eagles across various competitions. During the 2022-23 season, he scored one goal in 36 appearances.
As a loanee from Swansea City, Guehi has started and played the full 90 minutes in 33 of Palace’s top flight matches this season. He has also been entrusted with the captain’s armband on eight occasions, including matches against Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea.
Guehi’s impressive performances for the Eagles earned him his first three caps for the senior England national team in 2022, although he was not selected for the World Cup.
Guehi has a deal at Selhurst Park until 2026. However, the resolve of the club may be tested as members of the Big Six, including Manchester United, Manchester City, and Tottenham, are reportedly considering a move for him.
According to The Sun, the Gunners have entered the race to sign Guehi in an effort to address their defensive weaknesses that have hindered their pursuit of the Premier League title.
The North Londoners have struggled in Saliba’s absence, failing to win any of their last four Premier League matches and conceding 11 goals, with Rob Holding filling in at the back.
As a result, Arsenal are reportedly considering adjusting their summer transfer strategy. They initially had plans to make high-profile signings like Moises Caicedo and Declan Rice for a combined fee of £150m. However, they may postpone these plans and focus on a more balanced approach in the summer transfer window.