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Arsenal ‘Very Close’ To Agreeing €12m Deal To Sign Defender
Arsenal are close to securing a €12m deal to sign Swiss international defender Fabian Schar from FC Basel in January, according to reports.
It’s clear for all to see we need to sign another centre-back as the defence has been vulnerable during Laurent Koscielny’s absence in recent weeks.
Nacho Monreal has been forced to play out of position and now it looks like we’ve decided to rush Kos back early from an Achilles injury to try and plug the holes at the back.
Arsene Wenger hinted last month that he’ll look to bring in a defensive player in January and now reports in Spain claim we’re ‘very close’ to agreeing a €12m (£9.5m) deal with Basel to bring highly-rated centre-back Schar to the Emirates this winter.
Schar is in the final year of his contract so €12m actually seems a little steep for a player who’s yet to really prove himself outside of the Swiss league. Sure he’s done well in the Champions League at times, but I’d say a fee nearer €6-€8m would be fairer.
Either way, the 22-year-old would be an excellent signing and he’d give us some much-needed depth at the back. He also wouldn’t demand an immediate first team place which would give him time to learn from Kos and Per before gradually establishing himself over the next year or so.
Therefore, I hope these reports are accurate and he comes in January, but I think much will depend on whether Basel make it through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
They currently hold a three point lead over third-placed Liverpool and if they manage to hold on to book their place in the next phase, I really don’t see any reason why they’d cash in on one of their key players.