CHELSEA are leading Arsenal in the race to sign £40million Ajax star Mohammed Kudus.
However, any potential transfer could depend on Manchester United's move for Rasmus Hojlund.
Kudus has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, with both Brighton and United previously interested.
Chelsea are the current favourites to sign him, though, according to The Independent.
The report states that the Blues have presented a more convincing package than Arsenal.
In addition, Chelsea believe they can price Arsenal out of any potential move as they are in a stronger position to agree both a transfer fee and wages.
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Kudus is expected to be valued at around £40million by Ajax if he is to leave the club.
Arsenal are keen on him as one of their midfield targets, alongside the arrival of a new right-back.
However, the Gunners need to sell before buying following their early business.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have already trimmed their squad down considerably and could sign two midfielders before the window closes.
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As well as Kudus, Mauricio Pochettino is also chasing a deal for Moises Caicedo, with talks ongoing.
Any deal for Kudus, who almost joined Everton last summer, could hinge on United's business, though.
The Red Devils have been linked with the Ghana international but are currently looking to sign Atalanta's Hojlund.
A bid has been launched for the Danish striker, but it is understood to be below the Italian side's asking price.
Failure to land Hojlund could see United come back in for Kudus, who can also play as a striker or on the right wing.
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