Arsenal have to sign Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes next summer

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Schalke star Benedikt Howedes.

According to a recent report in SportBild weekly magazine [also in The Mirror], Arsenal remain interested in signing Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes and could make a move next summer.

The German international can play anywhere across the backline, but predominantly features in the middle, an area the Gunners will need to address next summer.

In Laurent Koscielny, Arsene Wenger has a reliable top-class centre-back who, for the most part, is good enough to feature for a Premier league title-winning team.

Per Mertesacker and Calum Chambers, however, have obvious faults, whereas fellow defender Gabriel Paulista still lacks enough Premier League experience to be counted upon on a weekly basis.

Howedes, 27, fits the bill as an ideal partner for Koscielny, yet what makes signing him next summer all the more appealing is the report in Bild states a release clause of just €10 million will be activated.

€10 million, roughly £7.1 million, is a bargain price for a player who played every single minute of all seven games for Germany during their 2014 World Cup triumph in Brazil.

With boss Arsene Wenger renowned for keeping Arsenal’s finances and well-being close to his heart, it’s a deal which would tie in nicely with his principles, but above all it just makes perfect sense.

After recovering from an early-season injury, Howedes has started Schalke’s last three Bundesliga matches and has impressed, averaging 1.5 tackles and 3.5 interceptions per encounter.

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