Arsenal Fail With £19.7m German Midfielder Bid But Wenger Should Push For Fellaini

By on July 1, 2013

With the summer transfer window now open, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Arsenal fail with record bid for Bender.

Lars Bender

Arsenal have failed with a record £19.7million (€23million) bid for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender, according to the Mirror.

A new central midfielder appears to be on the cards this summer with boss Arsene Wenger presumably looking to replace the injury-plagued Abou Diaby, and it seems we’ve now stepped up our interest in Bender with an official bid.

The Mirror cite reports coming out of Germany that claim we’ve tabled a huge £19.7m offer, but Leverksen have immediately rejected the bid by insisting the 24-year-old is not for sale at any price.

Bender has emerged as one of the most highly-rated midfielders in the Bundesliga after some excellent display’s at the heart of Leverkusen’s midfield. Since joining from 1860 Munich in 2009, he’s gone on to make over 150 appearances for the first team and has also broken into the German international set up, earning 14 caps so far.

He’s contracted to the club until 2017 so Leverkusen are under no pressure to sell, and after seeing Andre Schurrle join Chelsea and with right-back Dani Carvajal off to Real Madrid it seems they don’t want to lose any more important first team players this summer and are therefore refusing to do business for Bender.

If true, this is another sign that Arsenal mean business this summer and are prepared to pay big transfer fees to sign top drawer players. I’m a huge fan of Benders but if it’s going to take a bid in excess of £20m to land him, I think we’d be far better off going paying the £23m required to sign Marouane Fellaini.

The giant Belgian has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks but reports suggest Arsene Wenger wont pay his £23m buy-out clause. However, for similar money it would be sensible to go for the player who’s got plenty of Premier League experience under his belt, in my opinion.

So while I admire the apparent move for Bender, I say lets trigger Fellaini’s release clause and get him in ASAP!

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What do you think Gooners? Push the boat out for Bender or pay £23m for Fellaini? Get involved in the comments section below.

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10 Comments

  1. Lanz

    July 1, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Bender is a better DM by faarrrrr!

  2. YAHYE

    July 1, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Finally Wenger begun his normal attitude towards the market for player, waiting to buy for Hugian and Rooney, to night he started to bring a young under 20 called YAYA Songo at the same time to fail Germany midfielder, when his ad visors to push him restart Fellini he said I don’t want to pay that much money for this player what will the next?????

  3. Festus idehai

    July 2, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Arsene wenger is sick,pls gunners fans let help him so dat he will leave emirate for us.we were expecting HIGUAIN and ROONEY,he brought sanogo who will not play first team regularly.

    • PK

      July 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Would you calm down you fool? Sanogo is a free transfer and is a prospect for the future. Let Wenger get on with his job and stop ranting nonsense, I think Higuain will be confirmed shortly. As for Rooney, I hope none of this talk linking us with him is true – he’d lose the run of himself in london and has no loyalty

  4. mide

    July 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Higuain’s signing should better be completed soon…as for bender,let’s forget about him and go for Fellaini…the boy wants to play for Arsenal and under wenger…so what are u waiting for? Go get him…nothing good’s supposed to come easy u knw.

  5. ola

    July 5, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Wenger will need quanlity player not quantity pls do somth no time higau roomey fellani &juliou clear here ok for us

  6. Richard mat

    July 7, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Wenger should complete higuain signing very sharply before it will be too late and forget about bender and sign fellani the young man see emirate as his place prosperity

  7. WORLEX2K4

    July 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Mr wenger u have started again pls and pls try to make us happy we are fedup of all this pointng,pointng andpointng try to sign worldclass player for us not for self pls try to make us one of the club in the world pls.

  8. Lamuwa musa

    July 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Sign fellaini pls wenger wat are u waiting 4 d time is limited do it fastly.

  9. T. man

    July 12, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Wenegar u have started again. pls, help us

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