Arsenal set to rival Chelsea for Bundesliga starlet this summer

The two London clubs are reportedly ready to battle it out this summer

Arsenal and Chelsea are set to go head-to-head for Wolfsburg star Ridle Baku this summer, according to reports, with the London clubs both on the hunt for reinforcements.

The 25-year-old has impressed this season for the Bundesliga outfit, grabbing 5 goals in 26 outings from right-back, while he can also play on the wing if needed.

And, as per Caught Offside, his form has caught the eye of the high flying Gunners, who are on course for their first Premier League title since 2004.

But they are not alone, with Chelsea and Villarreal both also thought to have made enquiries about the availability of Baku this summer.

Out of contract in 2025 as it stands, the German could be sold on this summer to raise funds for further reinforcements at Wolfsburg.

On the face of it, a Stamford Bridge switch makes very little sense for the young German talent.

With Reece James already cemented as first choice right-back at the club and unlikely to be moving on any time soon thanks to a contract which runs until 2028, Chelsea also moved to sign young Lyon defender Malo Gusto in January, who will join in the summer when his loan with the French club runs out, and so appear to have cemented their options for the next decade already.

The Gunners, however, could be a more plausible destination. Mikel Arteta is thought to be keen on adding a right-back to his squad this summer, with Cedric set to leave and Takehiro Tomiyasu continuing to struggle with fitness issues, meaning that Ben White has started 27 of the 29 Premier League games this season.

With rumoured interest in Ivan Fresneda, Baku could prove a more experienced alternative to the young Spaniard.

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