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Arsenal To Make €30m Bid For Wenger’s No.1 Midfield Target
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender his No.1 midfield target and will table a formal €30m offer at the end of the season.
That’s according to the Express, who claim that Wenger is ready to formalise his interest in Bender this summer after learning that Barcelona are also eyeing a move for the German international.
We’ve been linked with the 25-year-old for some time and the newspaper suggests that the boss has now made Bender his top priority as he looks to bring in a defensive midfielder at the end of the season, and will make a formal €30m (£22m) bid to try and seal his signature before Barca tempt him with a move to the Nou Camp.
The Catalans aren’t able to register any new players until January 2016 due to their FIFA imposed transfer embargo, but that won’t stop them from laying the ground work for future signings during the summer, so it seems Arsene is keen tie-up a deal for Bender before the Spaniard’s put anything in place.
Our squad is slowly taking shape but it seems midfield is one area that will be strengthened this summer. Francis Coquelin has now put himself right in the frame to be Mikel Arteta’s long-term replacement but with Mathieu Flamini expected to leave at the end of the season, a top class replacement is needed.
My preferred choice remains Morgan Schneiderlin but Bender would be an excellent alternative if we can’t get a deal done for the Southampton man as he’s the type of player who doesn’t mind doing the dirty work and will be happy to sit in front of the defence and break up play.
Coquelin is doing that job superbly well right now but we need competition and depth in that area, and it seems Bender is at the forefront of the managers thoughts ahead of the summer.