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Arsenal are set to join Manchester United in the race to sign Southampton defender Jose Fonte, according to ESPN.
Wenger is keen on signing an experienced defender before the end of the transfer window and the French boss has turned to Fonte as he eyes up alternative target to his first choice Shkodran Mustafi.
Fonte is keen on a move to Manchester United and his agent Jorge Mendes who also represents Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is currently working on a deal to take the 32 year old to Old Trafford.
The defender is expected to cost as little as £10m and is seen as a cheaper option to Mustafi.
The defender is reportedly open to the idea of playing for a big club and is excited by Manchester United and Arsenal’s approach. However, Southampton are reluctant to lose the defender and are prepared to offer him a new deal with a pay rise.
Should the player turn down the new deal and push for a move away, Wenger would have to fight hard to beat Manchester United to his signature.
Fonte joined Southampton in 2010 and has been a key part of the Saints first team.