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£8 million Arsenal midfield target 'completes transfer deal'

Arsenal have missed out on another transfer target to Bayern Munich.

Pep Guardiola's transfer revolution at Bayern Munich, it appears, was only just getting started with Mario Gotze.

Hot on the heels of the Dortmund star, it is claimed that Sebastian Rode has completed a switch to Bayern Munich.

Rode is 22, previously a German under-21 international and has been a key player for Bundesliga surprise package Eintracht Frankfurt this season.

Earlier in 2013 he was linked with signing for Arsenal, to fill the void left by Alex Song last summer.

Rode is a player adept at tackling, with good distribution, who describes his off-pitch hobby as mountain biking.

It's been reported that he has now signed a deal to switch to Bayern Munich, as the club look to vacuum up the best talent from across the Bundesliga.

Eintracht's club president Heribert Bruchhagen said: "Why did Jan Kirchhoff go to Bayern? Why is Sebastian Rode going? For God's sake. They're young players and they can earn up to four times as much money at Bayern as they can here. That's all there is to it. We have a budget of €30 million, and Bayern has 150."

Kirchoff, mentioned by Bruchhagen, is a 22-year-old defender who has also apparently been snapped up by Bayern.

Rode's contract was up in the summer and he would have been a superb signing for the Gunners, at great value and full of potential, a future German international regular and potential star of the 2014 World Cup.

It shows that Guardiola is already looking at how he can re-model Bayern's midfield for next season, and Rode is capable of playing a similar role as Sergio Busquets did for his Barcelona side.

His arrival will hasten the departure of Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo, who was also previously linked with a switch to North London.

Arjen Robben and Mario Gomez are also said to be up for sale this summer to raise funds.

Have Arsenal missed out? Who should they be targeting in midfield this summer?

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