Liverpool expect to beat Arsenal in race for Ben Chilwell

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Leicester's Premier League title triumph may have inspired the world but attention has quickly turned to what is sure to be a turbulent summer transfer window.

Inevitably, the stars that have helped the Foxes to this stunning achievement have attracted interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs. Riyad Mahrez appears to be on Barcelona's radar while most clubs seem keen to sign midfield enforcer N'Golo Kante. 

There is, however, one Leicester player who is more likely to leave than most even though he has not played a single Premier League game this season. Ben Chilwell is very much a hot prospect at the King Power Stadium and has been named on the bench by Claudio Ranieri in recent games.


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An impressive loan spell at Huddersfield has seen him become one of the most coveted young players in the country. The left-back is on the radar of both Liverpool and Arsenal, who, according to Goal, are both expected to make a move to sign him in the summer.

But it seems that the 19-year-old has already made his mind up and is preparing to reject a move to Arsene Wenger's Arsenal in favour of Liverpool. With Arsenal likely to be playing Champions League football next season, it makes Merseyside an odd choice.


But Chilwell has been completely absorbed by the way Jurgen Klopp has transformed the Anfield club in such a short space of time. Since taking over from Brendan Rodgers in October, the German coach has given Liverpool fans a tremendous sense of optimism ahead of next season.

While there have been plenty of bad performances from the Reds, there have also been some exceptionally good ones and some pundits expect them to challenge for Leicester's crown next season.

Arsenal bid rejected

Arsene Wenger has had his scouts check on Chilwell extensively over the course of the season and appears to have been impressed with his technical ability.

He launched a £3.5million bid in the January transfer window but saw his attempts knocked back as derisory. Leicester are asking for £8m and Liverpool seem ready to pay such a figure.

Once again, Wenger's reluctance to meet the figure appears to have cost him the chance to sign the England youth international. 

Building the new Liverpool

Klopp is expected to spend a sizeable amount in the summer and will welcome Schalke's Joel Matip after the centre-back signed a pre-contract agreement in January.

With Mamadou Sakho facing a lengthy ban for his failed drugs test and Kolo Toure expected to leave, it is likely Chilwell will not be the last defensive addition.

"When you build up a team you start with the defence," Klopp said in the aftermath of Villarreal's 1-0 win over the Reds.

"But it's not just about speaking to the defenders. I'm never happy conceding goals. To build up a stability [in defence] is a big target for next season."

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