According to the Metro, Arsenal are eyeing a move to sign 22-year-old Leeds right-back Sam Byram.
The Englishman, who is rated at £8m, recently rejected a contract extension with the Whites and is already on the radar of plenty of Premier League clubs.
Swansea, Southampton and Everton are just three of the rumoured parties interested in his signature – and if he were to join the Gunners – it’d effectively signal the departure of one of the club’s right-sided defenders
Héctor Bellerín has asserted his first-team credentials over the past twelve months with consistent displays in the absence of Mathieu Debuchy, whilst Carl Jenkinson has enjoyed an encouraging loan spell elsewhere in London, with West Ham.
The 23-year-old is still hoping to be part of Arsène Wenger’s plans for the future, but Byram’s arrival would suggest otherwise.
However, you’d naturally expect Byram to make a move to a club with first-team assurances, whereas he’d have to consistently compete for a starting spot at Arsenal.
Whether it’s true or not remains to be seen. At 22 he’s still developing, and with over 100 appearances for Leeds, it’s most probably time for a change. His contract expires next summer, so a January move could be beneficial for both parties.
Time will tell where he’ll end up but, with Bellerín two years his junior and already established at the very highest level, it seems unlikely he’ll become an Arsenal player.