Dortmund join race for 'next Mertesacker' Arsenal target - as Bayern pull out

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Matthias Ginter is at the centre of a transfer battle...would Arsenal be lucky to win it?

Arsenal have been heavily linked with an interest in SC Freiburg starlet Matthias Ginter for the past 18 months. Last summer they reportedly made a £6.1 million for the player which was swiftly rejected by Freiburg - who had just come off the back of an excellent season in the Bundesliga.

It was even rumoured that the loan of Francis Coquelin was a ploy to get Freiburg on side for a potential transfer.

The 20-year-old has been touted as a future star of the game, and with the versatility to play in both central defence and midfield - although this season he has been played in the central defensive position more often than not, earning the moniker ‘the next Mertesacker’ for his performances.

However last summer Ginter made it clear that he had no plans to leave Freiburg, despite an overall desire to play for a big club in the future:

"I will not lie: I certainly would like to someday play at a top club. This summer I will not change. It may even be that I stay on beyond the end of the season in Freiburg. "

But with Freiburg looking like serious relegation contenders his position may change at the seasons conclusion.

Indeed that has seemed the case for the past couple of months - as it was widely believed in Germany that Ginter would become a Bayern Munich player in the summer of 2014.

That no longer seems to be the case. Pep Guardiola has admitted he rates the player - but any imminent deal is far from completed.

So Arsenal could return for the player - although would have competition once again.

It is believed that Borussia Dortmund - desperate to rebuild their side at the end of the season - have now become the favourites to sign the player in the summer.

Preliminary talks are believed to have already taken place between the club and his agents - as Ginter looks set to become a BVB player.

But if Arsenal make a move as soon as possible - they might just be able to do the business for a very talented individual.

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