Arsenal ‘Open Talks’ Over €19m Midfielder Deal – Reports

By on July 7, 2014

It seems Arsene Wenger has stepped up his pursuit of a defensive midfielder with widespread reports today claiming that we’ve  renewed our interest in Lars Bender.

We were strongly linked with Bender last summer and saw a big-money bid rejected by Bayer Leverkusen before they persuaded the midfielder to pen a new contract.

However, the boss has maintained his interest and with a long-term replacement for Mikel Arteta on the agenda this summer, it appears we’re resurrected our interest in the 25-year-old German international.

The Daily Mail claim we’ve made contact with Leverkusen to open talks over a deal with reports suggesting Arsene is hopeful of agreeing a fee in the region of €19m (£15m) with the Bundesliga outfit.

I’m not sure we’ll be able to persuade Leverkusen to sell at that price as it’s likely they will want in excess of £20m, but the Telegraph claim Bender is being eyed as part of a triple swoop along with Sanchez and Debuchy.

It looks as though the deals for Sanchez and Debuchy are getting closer, but if we could also bag Bender we’d be in excellent shape heading into next season. The trio would all be superb additions and fill the three positions I feel we needed to strengthen in the first team this summer.

After that, we just need to buy a back up goalkeeper, a potential replacement for Vermaelen if he goes and ideally we’d also bring in more depth up front with Remy looking like a useful addition.

If we can’t agree a deal for Bender, I hope we push for Morgan Schneiderlin or failing that, we step up our interest in Sami Khedira. Any of those three would be excellent signings and provide a basis in midfield that will allow more freedom to the likes of Ramsey and Wilshere.

Fingers crossed the boss starts to get these deals tied up soon as pre-season training has now started and the new season is coming around fast….


  1. SAGunner

    July 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    All talk and no finality – Chelsea already have 3 signings -Liverpool have some and so do city United have also signed some good players and a top manager.

    Time to stop trying to buy the good guys on the cheap like Bender for 15 mil – you get his girlfriend not him – or his little brother.
    Wenger stop playing and get on with the job!
    We still are no nearer anything! We need more than anything a DMF nothing even remotely on the horizon!
    Wenger asleep once more – on the final day of the window he’ll rush to the French bargain basement and sign a few more Sanogos – rubbish for the 3rd tear not the premier league.

  2. muhammad karim

    July 7, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    yes am happy appreciate with Arsene wenger for transfer this season he surprise us what i not expecting from him but he show that he is the professor with integrating, therefore the supporters have something to said.

  3. omoding

    July 7, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    y do ars have to speculate for months till when they can sign useless cheap plyrs?…

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    October 19, 2014 at 6:51 am

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