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Arsene Wenger Makes €40m Midfielder His No.1 Summer Target
It looks increasingly unlikely that Arsenal will be making any late moves in the winter window and it seems Arsene Wenger is already making plans for the summer.
The Daily Mail are reporting that Arsene will look to bring in a top class defensive midfielder at the end of the season as his top targets aren’t available this month.
The paper states that the boss has made Christoph Kramer his key target, with Morgan Schneiderlin a close second, but any potential deal for the German international is going to be extremely difficult to pull off.
The 23-year-old only recently signed a new long-term contract at Bayer Leverkusen that will see him return to his parent club following a two-year loan spell at Borussia Moenchengladbach.
The Mail think it would take a bid of at least €40m (£30m) for Leverkusen to even consider selling, and even then they may not cash-in if they manage to qualify for the Champions League next season.
If that’s the case, then we’ll turn our attention to long-term target Schneiderlin but we’ll have to compete with the likes of Tottenham for his signature, and Southampton will demand a fee in the region of £25m.
The third option the Mail claim we’re considering is Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan – whose understood to be available for £16m – but we have concerns over his troublesome back injury which kept him out for over a year recently.
All three players would be excellent options but my personal choice would be Schneiderlin. He’s used to the Premier League and has been outstanding for Southampton over the past 24 months.
However, I still think we should see how Francis Coquelin develops during the second half of the season before we even think about spending big-money on another defensive midfielder.
The Frenchman has been a revelation since coming back from his loan at Charlton and if he continues to impress over the coming months, do we really need to sign another DM?