According to The Mirror, Arsenal sent scouts to watch Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender in action in midweek ahead of a potential late £18 million bid for the midfielder.
The Gunners have been fairly quiet on the transfer front, making goalkeeper Petr Cec their only notable addition while their Premier League title rivals have been significantly bolstering their squads.
Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and even Liverpool have made some eye-catching signings this summer, and Arsene Wenger’s lack of activity in the summer could see his side fall behind.
A fresh report in The Mirror claims the North London outfit have funds in reserve for a major signing and Leverkusen ace Bender has caught their eye.
“Arsene Wenger admits he is under pressure to splash the cash to keep Arsenal in the title race – and that looks set to trigger a late £18million move for Lars Bender,” the report states.
Do Arsenal need an extra midfielder?
Aside from an extra quality centre-forward option, arguably the only other area of the Arsenal’s squad which has a big question mark over it is the defensive midfield position.
Francis Coquelin has been an astute inclusion in the first team since the turn of the New Year, but beyond the Frenchman there is weakness with Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini mediocre back-ups.
Bender, 26, has proven to be a reliable player in that position and after two Bundesliga fixtures this season, he has averaged an impressive 5.5 tackles and two interceptions per match.