Arsenal are apparently preparing a £5million bid for Freiburg defender Matthias Ginter. Ginter, 19, is seen as a major prospect in Germany, and is tipped to replace Per Mertesacker in the national side one day.
GInter can also play in defensive midfield, and Arsene Wenger might see the move as a cost effective way to add some depth to two troublesome positions in his squad. Whether Ginter is the kind of players Arsenal fans want to see come to the club is another question, with some keen to see Wenger move for established names.
However Arsenal could be ready to splash the cash on Juventus’ midfielder Paul Pogba, who moved to Serie A last summer on a free from Manchester United. Pogba is apparently unsettled in Turin despite an excellent season which has seen him break into the first team for both club and country, and a bid of around £17million might be enough to bring him back to the Premier League.
The 20-year-old Frenchman would be an excellent piece of business for Arsenal, and if he continues his current rate of development he could be a fixture in the side for years to come.
Another 20-year-old Arsenal are rumoured to be bidding for is Bayern Munich’s David Alaba. Alaba was a key figure in Bayern’s treble win this season, but Arsenal might hope they could be able to tempt him to the Emirates by offering him the chance to play in the centre of midfield.
This is apparently the Austrian’s favoured position, but it is unlikely he will get the chance to play there for Bayern with the likes of Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger to compete with, and Arsenal might hope they can work out a deal with the German team this summer, although Alaba clearly will not be cheap.
Arsenal will have a little more freedom in their wage budget to attract new players after Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci were all released by the club. All three players have dropped out of the first team over the past couple of seasons, and the club has decided to let them go when their contracts expire at the end of the month
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