Chelsea targeting Arsenal star in shock final week transfer

The Blues are weighing up a shock move

Chelsea are exploring a shock late move for Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe as they look to bolster their attacking ranks following several high-profile injuries.

The Blues have nine senior injuries as things stand, including attacking duo Christopher Nkunku and Carney Chukwuemeka, meaning that Mauricio Pochettino is keen to add another attacker to his side before Friday’s transfer deadline.

‘We were talking about one offensive player, the right profile’, the Argentine explained when quizzed on future transfer business.

“If we can add the right profile, yes, but not to bring players so we can add one more”.

One of those under consideration is Arsenal’s Smith-Rowe, with the Daily Mail claiming that the England U21 star is one of three names being weighed up by the Blues, alongside Barcelona duo Raphinha and Ferran Torres.

‘Interest is not particularly advanced but that trio are among the names being discussed by the Chelsea hierarchy at this stage’, it is added.

The 23-year-old is yet to feature for Arsenal this season, and has seen Kai Havertz take the departed Granit Xhaka’s spot in the Gunners midfield. He was left on the bench for the 2-2 draw with Fulham, with Mikel Arteta preferring to use Fabio Vieira. The Portuguese made an excellent impression and that is only likely to push academy graduate Smith-Rowe further down the pecking order in north London.

Despite this, reports at the beginning of the summer claimed that the Gunners were keen to keep hold of the Englishman, and that any bids would be turned down amid previous interest from Aston Villa.

A fan favourite alongside Bukayo Saka, selling Smith Rowe to London rivals Chelsea would not go down well with the Arsenal fanbase.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

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