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Arsenal Scout IDEAL Holding Midfielder Ahead Of Potential €15m Move
According to reports, Arsenal are scouting German international midfielder Christoph Kramer ahead of potential €15m move this January.
Arsene Wenger is finally looking to bring in a defensive midfielder after failing with moves for the likes of William Carvalho, Sami Khedira and Morgan Schneiderlin during the summer.
It appears Kramer has now emerged as a top target as Goal.com are reporting that the boss has sent his scouts to watch the 23-year-old on several occasions this season and they’ve been left hugely impressed by the versatile midfielder.
Kramer is in the second season of a two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach after failing to make the breakthrough at his parent club Bayer Leverkusen and he’s been putting in some superb displays over the past 18 months.
However, he faces an uncertain future as although he still has over two years left to run on his Leverkusen contract, he’s warned that he wont be forced to return to the club after failing to make a single appearance for the first team since joining as a youth player in 1999.
“In general, being involved in the football business is often like modern human trafficking,” he said.
“But for me, a contract can say whatever it wants. If I don’t want to play somewhere next season, I won’t play there. In the end, I will still decide where I play.”
It remains to be seen what Leverkusen’s plans are for Kramer but there have been suggestions they would be willing to cash-in for around €15m (£12m) and a move could even happen in January – but only if they are able to persuade Monchengladbach to cancel the final six months of his loan deal.
The precise nature of the loan agreement isn’t clear but I’m sure Monchengladbach will do all they can to hang on to the midfielder as he’s been a key player for them, so we may have to wait until the summer to do a deal.
That could be too late as there’s no doubt we desperately need to bring in a mobile defensive-minded midfielder in January. Arteta has picked up another injury last night and he’s simply not up to the task of playing the holding role anymore while Flamini is far too limited to be a first team regular at Arsenal.
Kramer would be an ideal signing but unless we can get an agreement reached this winter, we may have to move on to other targets.