After winning the FA Cup and signing on for a further three years, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen to add more trophies before bowing out.
The Frenchman currently has an excellent first XI at his disposal, however, his squad lacks depth and a number of signings need to be made this summer for Arsenal to be taken seriously as genuine Premier League title challengers.
One area where Wenger is keen to add is in midfield, as the Gunners possess a shortage of youthful defensive midfielders who can stamp their authority on the game.
Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas has been linked with a return, but his progression as a playmaker is not what Arsenal need right now and with limited funds, a defensive midfielder should be a top priority.
Last summer, Arsenal had an £18million bid turned down for Bayer Leverkusen’s midfield enforcer Lars Bender. This summer, it is his twin brother Sven Bender who has attracted Wenger’s attentions, if reports are to be believed.
According to The Daily Mail, the North Londoners are plotting a £15million move for the Borussia Dortmund defensive midfielder after he failed to make the Germany squad for this summer’s World Cup.
Sven Bender, 25, started 18 Bundesliga games for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, making a total of 61 tackles and 37 interceptions.
His place in the side, however, was often under threat from Nuri Sahin and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with fellow midfield star Ilkay Gundogan expected to add more competition for places next season after recovering from an injury layoff.
With that in mind, the Westfalenstadion outfit may feel inclined to allowing Bender to leave this summer, a situation which would undoubtedly be welcomed at the Emirates stadium.