Manchester City have been scouting Carl Jenkinson, according to reports, with the club considering making a big-money bid to tempt the Arsenal starlet into moving away from his current club.
Jenkinson has gone from strength to strength for the Gunners since moving from Charlton in 2011, slowly making his way into becoming a regular member of the starting line-up.
And as City look to continue capturing England's stars of the future, the Daily Mirror claims the side are looking at the possibility of signing Jenkinson, despite the 21-year-old recently agreeing a new long-term deal with Arsenal.
City are no strangers to negotiating transfers with Arsenal; Gael Clichy and Kolo Toure both made the move to northern England in search of trophies, while Samir Nasri departed against Arsene Wenger's wishes. City also contacted Arsenal in an attempt to sign Robin van Persie, before the striker chose to join their neighbours United.
Whilst Jenkinson is a life-long Gunners fan, he could be tempted by the prospect of a move to a club who are currently still in the race for the title, and prepared to spend any amount necessary to become a major European force.
Arsenal, on the other hand, look set to go eight seasons without a trophy, and after losing more key players last summer, the side are currently the subject of a great deal of criticism from fans who feel they are not moving in the right direction.
When Nasri left Arsenal for City in 2011, the playmaker said: "I am just a player, but when you are at a big club sometimes you have to bring in big players to win. Maybe Arsenal didn't have this mentality.
"They always relied on experienced players but since they moved to the Emirates Stadium, their transfer policy has been a little bit different. They have dealt with young players who have definite quality and in the future I think they can do something.
"But at the moment, they have lost Cesc Fábregas, who was the captain and who had been there for eight years. They need to bring someone in to replace him."
With these sentiments still fresh in the memory, a move could be tempting for Jenkinson as the youngster seeks a regular place in the England squad.
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