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With uncertainty regarding the future of Per Mertesacker, who could be moved on this summer, Smalling is emerging as an attractive target for Wenger.

With uncertainty regarding the future of Per Mertesacker, who could be moved on this summer, Smalling is emerging as an attractive target for Wenger.

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With uncertainty regarding the future of Per Mertesacker, who could be moved on this summer, Smalling is emerging as an attractive target for Wenger.

Arsene Wenger is considering making a renewed £12m bid for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling this summer.

The England international will have 12 months left on his Old Trafford contract after this season and it is understood that no talks have been held over an extension.

With uncertainty regarding the future of Per Mertesacker, who could be moved on this summer, Smalling is emerging as an attractive target for Wenger.

Arsenal were beaten to the £10m signing of Smalling in January 2010 but Wenger has retained a strong interest in the former Fulham man and is encouraged by United's delay in negotiating a new deal.

United manager Louis van Gaal wants a new centre-half and is expected to intensify his attempts to sign Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels, who will be available for around £35m.

United are also no nearer to offering Phil Jones a contract extension, despite running the risk of losing him for a reduced fee this summer. Jones (23) who was signed from Blackburn Rovers in June 2011 for £17m, has been hampered by injuries but has impressed Van Gaal recently.

Seven other high-profile United players will be heading into the last years of their contracts next season, including goalkeeper David de Gea, Robin van Persie and Ashley Young.

United are understood to be in no rush to initiate talks, but that approach is a gamble with De Gea, with Real Madrid hovering.

Javier Hernandez, Jonny Evans and Rafael da Silva may be allowed to leave in the summer if the club receive acceptable offers.

Tom Cleverley's contract expires in June and he will leave, with Everton and Aston Villa interested. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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