Arsenal will join the battle for Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake, it’s claimed.
The Cherries are fighting for Premier League survival and lost 2-1 to Sheffield United on Sunday.
Eddie Howe’s outfit sit 16th – but are just two points ahead of West Ham.
If relegation ensues, an exodus is expected as they attempt to balance the books.
Ake looks set to be a man in demand following an impressive three-year stay on the south coast.
Reports earlier this week claimed Tottenham are circling as they consider long-term replacements for Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.
Chelsea also have a long-running interest but snubbed the chance to buy him back in January.
Ex-Leeds forward Noel Whelan has suggested Arsenal are now battling with their Premier League rivals to secure his services.
“There’s no doubt they need to freshen it up [at the back],” he told Football Insider .
“He’s been linked with moves back to Chelsea, he’s been looked at by Arsenal. There’s a lot of clubs looking at Nathan Ake.
“Since leaving Chelsea he’s really come on leaps and bounds and developed into a very good centre half.
“But I think now, come the end of the season, no matter where Bournemouth end up, whether they’re still in the Premier League or they get relegated, I think it’s probably time for him to take that step up to a big club.”
Despite Frank Lampard sniffing around Ake, ex-Blues full-back Frank Sinclair told Starsport that he’s not the best option.
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“For me the obvious player is Chilwell, although Leicester won’t want to lose him,” he said.
“He’s a full international now and is in the top two or three English full backs in the country.
“He’s in great form, but whether Leicester would sell him right now is very debatable.
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