If the latest reports are to be believed, London-based Premiership heavyweights Arsenal and Chelsea are planning to bid big for German Bundesliga side Bayern Munich's Dutch winger Arjen Robben and are expecting to lure him away when the summer transfer window opens.
Both Chelsea and Arsenal are aware that tensions between Robben and his current club has risen over the weeks after the Sunday Mirror published a report stating that the Holland international had a dressing room fight with teammate and French international Franck Ribery after the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.
It was said that Robben was hit in the face by a punch from the Frenchman, which was followed by an intense row over who was taking the Bayern free kick. Later, Robben appeared with a lump under his eye at training the following day and Bayern announced that they have handed Ribery the biggest fine in the club's history.
However, this is not the first time that both the players are under the scanner. Although Robben now wants more action to be taken by the club against Ribery, he insists that club should make a public statement regarding the incident. Earlier in the season, Ribery was angry with Robben for being too selfish and the club stood behind Ribery and penalized Robben accordingly.
Nonetheless, both the Premiership sides are certain that the unrest at Bayern will act to their advantage if the player finally decides to leave the German giants, as Robben is already thinking twice about signing a new contract with the club.
Earlier this year, the player revealed that he would love to return to London where he enjoyed his time while he played for Chelsea. Apart from the Blues and the Gunners, Tottenham are also interested in signing the player, according to a Tribal Football report.
Robben, who arrived at Bayern from Real Madrid in 2009, has made 86 appearances for the Allianz Arena-based side and has also managed to score 53 times thus far in all competitions. He also has 53 international caps for the Netherlands where he has scored 17 times.