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Chelsea are ahead of Arsenal in the fight to sign Real Madrid full-back Sergio Reguilon, reports say.
Arsenal have entered the race to sign the left-back, who enjoyed a superb season on loan at Sevilla, and working under Mikel Arteta is an attractive prospect for Reguilon.
But AS claim Chelsea remain in the driving seat having qualified for the Champions League, while Arsenal are set for another stint in the Europa League next season.
Chelsea have already flexed their financial muscle this summer with the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech and the Blues’ spending power is another big advantage over Arsenal.
Arteta’s efforts to overhaul his squad has been hampered by financial issues at the club, but the Arsenal boss is still eager to do plenty of business this summer, even if that means offloading several of his players to raise funds.
Frank Lampard has made the signing of a left-back a priority and had earmarked Ben Chilwell as his top target.
Leicester City, however, want over £80million for Chilwell while Real Madrid are believed to be after £23m for Reguilon.
Arsenal are though boosted by Kia Joorabchian, who has also reportedly taken on Reguilon as a client.
The agent has close ties with Arsenal’s hierarchy and already has several players at the club, including David Luiz and Cedric Soares.
Chelsea remain the frontrunners, but will face competition from Serie A giants Napoli for Reguilon’s signature, as well as Arsenal.
Real Madrid are prepared to cash in on Reguilon as they have a wealth of options at left-back, but may look to insert a buy-back clause into any deal.