Report - £6m Arsenal defensive target 'plans change' in the summer

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Freiburg central defender Matthias Ginter is being tipped to leave the club at the end of the season.

German newspaper Bild has suggested that 20-year-old Freiburg centre back Matthias Ginter could leave the club in the summer.

Ginter is under contract at his current club until 2017 but Bild suggests that he could be up for grabs in the summer, with Bayern Munich tipped to make a move for him along with the Gunners.

“Despite his contract until 2017 Ginter plans to change at the end of the Bundesliga season. Bayern are following his progress closely and could move in the summer,” reads a translation of the Bild report.

Arsenal have previously been linked with a suggested £6 million offer for the youngster, who is apparently seen as a potential long term replacement in the Arsenal back four by Arsene Wenger.

That fee would substantially increase if the Gunners are forced to go up against Bayern in a bid to sign him but their chances of getting him are quite good.

The obvious advantage that Bayern have is that it would mean Ginter would have the chance to stay inside the Bundesliga but they aren’t in a position where they can guarantee him any more first team football than would be the case at Arsenal.

That desire to stay in Germany would also be somewhat eradicated by the presence of Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, Serge Gnabry and Thomas Eisfeld among the Arsenal ranks.

Those players have the ability to alleviate all of the negative feelings and anxiety that Ginter would have over making the transition into English football.

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has refused to comment on the speculation, simply called Ginter a ‘good player’ and there’s no reason that Arsenal can’t be competitive if a bidding war breaks out for him.

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