Derby County left-back Lee Buchanan is being lined up for a surprise move to Arsenal this summer, according to The Daily Mail.
Buchanan, who recently turned 20, joined The Rams at the tender age of nine, breaking into the first team last season and gradually establishing himself as a nailed on starter this campaign.
With 39 Championship appearances under his belt and a pair of caps for England U21, the youngster has gained vital experience in his fledgling career which has drawn praise from respected figures.
Derby boss Wayne Rooney said: “He’s a top, top player. I’d argue he’s one of the best young left-backs in the country, and he can go to another level as well.”
Buchanan’s contract with The Rams runs until 2022, but with the side’s Championship fate to be decided on the final day of the season the left-back could be heading for the exit sooner than anticipated.
Derby face Sheffield Wednesday on the final day, both of which are at risk of the drop, while the victor of that tie must also keep an eye on Rotherham United’s result as they travel to face Cardiff City.
The Rams are best placed of the endangered trio to maintain their Championship status, but if the worst does happen to Rooney’s side it may well be Buchanan’s last game for the club.
The Gunners would then surely crank up the pressure on Derby to thrash out a deal, in a move which would likely see Buchanan arrive at The Emirates primarily as a back-up option for the impressive Kieran Tierney. Although, with the Scotsman having endured an injury-hit campaign, Buchanan could yet see plenty of first team action.
The move is still very much in its infancy, but expect to hear further developments if Derby are relegated this weekend.