Arsenal have reportedly highlighted German international Christoph Kramer as their primary transfer target in the summer, the Daily Mail claims.
According to The Mirror previously, the defensive midfielder’s fine performances were attracting the attentions of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window.
Spurs were said to have sent Franco Baldini on more than one occasion to monitor his progress, but a potential January bid ultimately never materialised.
The Gunners have already done business during the transfer window – bringing in Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista – and now it appears a defensive midfielder is next on their wish-list.
However, such a deal will now have to wait until the summer as for the time being Kramer is said to be unavailable for transfer, the Daily Mail reports.
“Arsenal are lining up a defensive midfielder to add to their signing of centre-half Gabriel – but they don’t expect to be able to complete any deals until the summer," the report claims.
"Arsenal’s prime target is Kramer but the German midfielder has just signed a new contract which means he will leave his loan spell at Borussia Moenchengladbach and join his parent club Bayer Leverkusen in the summer."
Kramer has been an ever-present figure in Borussia Monchengladbach’s midfield this season, starting 15 Bundesliga matches and scoring two goals.
The report in the Daily Mail goes on to say that parent club Leverkusen will be looking for at least £30 million for his services, and even such an extravagant figure may still be shunned.
He is clearly highly-rated in Germany, but one has to question whether he is any better than Francis Coquelin who has shown in recent matches just how good he can be.
The Frenchman’s performance in the recent victory over Manchester City was nothing short of superb, and if he can produce similar results on a consistent basis there will be no need for a new defensive midfield signing.