Arsenal are plotting to beat Tottenham to the signing of Norwich City defender Ben Godfrey, according to Football Insider.
The Gunners are understood to be keeping close tabs on the 21-year-old, who has played every minute of the Canaries’ Premier League campaign so far this term.
The report suggests that the newly-promoted club value the youngster at £25 million, but also claims that Arsenal could face stiff competition from their bitter rivals, who were also credited with an interest earlier in the week, as per Football Insider.
Will Arsenal land Godfrey?
If the Gunners are to get their man in January, then they will need to pull out all the stops.
Godfrey has been a real bright spark for Norwich this season, despite the struggles that have largely affected the Canaries in their return to the top flight.
With 4.9 clearances per game and a pass completion rate of 91.4%, as per Whoscored, the 21-year-old has shown signs of the player he could grow into – commanding and assured at the heart of defence.
That’s exactly what the Gunners have been lacking this season, and splashing out £25 million would be a relatively cheap fix for a problem that could really prove harmful the longer it goes unaddressed.
That being said, it would be mightily out of character for the club to spend that kind of money in a winter window, and if Spurs are genuine in there interest, then it’s hard to foresee the Gunners getting dragged into a bidding war.
Stranger things have happened, but this feels like a long shot at the moment.