TRANSFER TALK: Arsenal Set Their Sights On £10m German World Cup Star

By on July 28, 2010

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Written by Fab4.

Arsenal are ready to launch a £10m bid to sign Germany defender Per Mertesacker, according to the Mirror. Arsene Wenger will make the move after Sol Campbell looks set to sign for Newcastle despite the Arsenal boss being confident he would agree the one-year deal being offered at the Emirates.

Missing out on Campbell has left Wenger short of centre-back options following the departures of Silvestre, Gallas and Senderos, leaving him just Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou (who picked up a knock yesterday) to choose from.

So at least one more centre-back is needed and the Mirror reports that the Frenchman has identified  25-year-old Mertesacker as his number one target after giving up on Everton’s Phil Jagielka after having a £14m bid rejected. Wenger has watched the Werder Bremen star several times and believes he can snap him up for £10m as he only has two years remaining on his current contract.

Arsene Wenger hopes chief executive Ivan Gazidis can secure a swift deal for Mertesacker, but has already named his back-up options in Ajax’s Jan Vertonghen and Dynamo Kiev’s Pape Diakhate should their bid for the German fail.

Personally, i would love to see Mertesacker at the Emirates. He is a giant at 6ft 6″ and at 25 is coming into the prime of his career. He is also vastly experienced and has shown he can do it at the top level. If he is available for anywhere near £10m, we should snap him up now.

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9 Comments

  1. GUNNER

    July 28, 2010 at 10:48 am

    what about clichy as a defender?he was great last season1!!!

  2. Depek

    July 28, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Per Mertesacker would be a good buy.Hopefully,he will bolster the Arsenal’s back 4

  3. Depek

    July 28, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Per Mertesacker would be a good buy.Hopefully,he will bolster the Arsenal’s back 4 and win the cups.

  4. peepo

    July 28, 2010 at 11:21 am

    i dont know why wenger hasn’t moved for mertesacker before now, i cant believe he bid £14m for jagielka in the 1st place, he’s injury-prone and massively overpriced

  5. idorenyin

    July 28, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Go get him. He is the type for Emirates

  6. dickto

    July 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Merteshacker? just hurry before someone joins the race he is really the kind of defender we need at 6″6″ and 25yrs the best is still to come from him.Wirh Sole leaving and Djouru injured as usual lets bring Jan from Ajax as well. I cant wait to see Mert in the Emirates.

  7. Modder

    July 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    AW… if you dont get him then we are missing out majorly… we need him, and could potentially make him one of the best defenders in the world!! Is height is definately what we need so get your wallet out!!

  8. Ashley

    July 28, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    wenger hurry up and sign him he the sort of defender we need strong and powerful and good in the air good on the ball forget about jagielka he not even worth 5million let alone 14million get Per Merteshacker him and vermaelen will do good in the back line together

  9. Yazeed

    August 11, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Arsene wengar is too slow to buy defendar rather they must change him becouse he dom

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