The Bundesliga club have identified the Basel man as the player to replace Mat Hummels.
Arsene Wenger may have to step up his efforts to secure the signing of highly-rated Basel youngster Fabian Schär after it was revealed that Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund are also tracking the 21-year-old.
However the North London club could now face a renewed challenge to land the player, after Bild revealed that the Swiss international had already been identified as a main transfer target by Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp.
The Bundesliga boss is keen to recruit the Basel player as a long-term replacement for Mats Hummels who is close to agreeing a €35 million move to La Liga giants Barcelona, the German news provider claims.
No fee has yet been quoted but with interest mounting, it is likely that the Swiss champions will hold out for a significant transfer fee given the defender’s age and obvious ability.
Whether this puts Wenger off a move remains to be seen, but with Dortmund’s transfer coffers already bolsters by Mario Gotze’s move to Bayern Munich and the seemingly imminent departure of Hummels, on paper the German club has a clear advantage.
That said, there is a sense of renewed optimism around the Emirates, helped by a positive start to what looked to be a tough Champions League campaign and the big-money arrival of Mezut Ozil from Real Madrid.
By contrast, Dortmund have struggled to keep many of their biggest stars, with Gotze’s departure likely to be compounded by Robert Lewandowski, who is due to leave the club at the conclusion of the current campaign.
It’s unclear which move Schär would most likely favour, though with compatriots like Philippe Senderos and Johan Djourou coming through the ranks at Arsenal, a move to the Premier League could prove a more palatable prospect.
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