Arsenal correspondent for Goal, Charles Watts has reported in a video on his own YouTube channel that the Gunners have made contact with Ryan Bertrand’s representatives as they consider a move for the left-back.
Bertrand’s future with Southampton looks to be in a little doubt. The London Evening Standard reported earlier this week that he is in the final six months of his contract with the Saints.
The report claimed that Bertrand was happy to stay. However, it was also suggested that Arsenal were monitoring the situation in case he looks set to become a free agent.
And Watts has now suggested that Arsenal may have stepped up their interest in the 31-year-old – who played against Mikel Arteta’s men on Saturday.
“He’s got six months left on the deal there. Southampton want him to sign a new deal. He is stalling on it though. He wants to go to a top-six club. And I’ve heard that Arsenal are exploring the option of Ryan Bertrand,” he said, on his own YouTube channel.
“No official contact made with Southampton yet, but there has been contact with representatives. And Bertrand is aware of Arsenal’s interest so that’s one to keep an eye on.”
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While Arsenal are yet to officially reach out to Southampton, it is certainly an encouraging sign that the Gunners have seemingly taken the first steps towards seeing if a deal can be done.
Bertrand – who earns £70,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – has been one of the most consistent left-backs in the Premier League for a number of years. So it would be a coup to bring him to the Emirates.
It may not be easy however. Kieran Tierney is one of the first names on the team sheet when available. So it will be interesting to see whether that proves to be a factor in Bertrand’s decision should he be offered the chance to swap the south coast for North London.