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Arsenal table £12m bid for Liverpool target, player allowed to leave
According to a report in German outlet Express, Arsenal have submitted a £12m bid for Neven Subotic after the out-of-favour defender was granted permission to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer.
Subotic was once heralded as one of the best defenders in Germany and was an important player for Dortmund between 2008 and 2013 before injury problems saw his career stall.
The 27-year-old has fallen badly out-of-favour, making just 6 Bundesliga appearances last season, and he announced earlier this month that he was leaving Dortmund in search of a new challenge.
The Daily Mail claim that Subotic is no longer training after Dortmund agreed he could speak with other clubs to secure a move with the likes of Middlesbrough and Sunderland among those understood to have shown interest.
German outlet Express are reporting that Liverpool are also keen to lure the centre-back to England with Jurgen Klopp believed to have identified the defender as a replacement for Martin Skrtel, however, they say that Arsenal have now moved in to pole position after tabling a £12m offer for his signature.
Arsene Wenger’s main priority is signing a big-money striker but it appears he’s also looking to strengthen his defence as we need more cover at centre-back with Calum Chambers expected to head out on loan.
Subotic is perhaps a surprising target given his lack of regular football over the past three years due to injury but he’d be a shrewd piece of business if we could get him fit and back to the kind of form he was showing five years ago.
However, a potential stumbling block could be acquiring a work permit as the defender hasn’t played for Serbia since 2013 so even if we get a deal agreed with Dortmund, we still have some way to go before actually signing the player.