As per a report from the Daily Mail, Arsenal have joined north London rivals Tottenham in the hunt to sign Norwich City star Max Aarons.
20-year-old right-back Aarons made the move to Carrow Road in 2016, from Luton Town.
And, after impressing in the youth ranks of the Canaries, Aarons was fast-tracked into the club’s first-team setup last season.
The explosive stopper subsequently went on to play a key role in Norwich’s return to the Premier League, racking up 2 goals and 6 assists across 41 Championship appearances in 2018/19.
And his fine displays have since carried into the English top-flight, as Aarons’ reputation as a potential star in the making continues to grow.
To this point in the campaign, the youngster has started in all but 2 of Norwich’s 21 league outings.
However, with Daniel Farke’s outfit languishing dead bottom of the Premier League table, and staring relegation in the face, rumours have inevitably begun to circulate that Aarons could soon be snapped up by one of English football’s heavyweights.
And, as per the aforementioned report from the Mail, a new suitor appear to have entered the race for the stopper.
The club in question? Arsenal.
Those in charge at the Emirates are said to be concerned that Hector Bellerin is no longer the player he once was, after returning from a long-term knee injury earlier this season.
As such, Mikel Arteta has identified Aarons as an ideal long-term replacement for the Spaniard.
Norwich, though, will not allow their gifted young defender to depart Carrow Road on the cheap.
A fee of around £30 million is likely to be required to coax the Canaries into a sale this month.
As things stand, however, it is Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham who are said to lead the race for Aarons.