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Arsenal Preparing Bid For £8m-Rated Man Utd Target

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to make a formal move for an £8m-rated German international who’s also attracting interest from Manchester United.

The January transfer window may have slammed shut but clubs will still be working hard behind the scenes at identifying targets for the summer, so we’ll bring you all the latest news, gossip and rumours. Today, Arsenal step up their interest in Matthias Ginter.

Arsenal are preparing to make a bid for £8m-rated Freiburg centre-back Matthias Ginter after sending scouts to watch the player in action over the weekend, according to the Mirror.

Ginter is highly-rated in Germany and has been impressing in the Bundesliga at the heart of Freiburg’s defence since breaking into the first team squad in 2012.

Arsenal have been tracking the 20-year-old for several months and it seems they’ve stepped up their interest with the Mirror claiming that Arsene Wenger sent his chief scout Steve Rowley to watch him in action over the weekend, and he would have been impressed by what he saw as Ginter played well during a 4-1 win over Frankfurt on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester United have also been keeping a close eye on the defender with David Moyes eyeing him as part of a major summer overhaul at Old Trafford but the newspaper suggests that the Gunners are the firm favourites to land the player – who’s rated at around £8m by his club – with Wenger understood to have close relations with Freiburg and is ready to make his interest official at the end of the season.

With Thomas Vermaelen looking likely to leave the Emirates at the end of the season after a frustrating 18 months that’s seen him sat on the sidelines after losing his place in the first team, another centre-back is going to be on the agenda for Wenger and Ginter would be an excellent addition.

The 6ft 3in defender recently won his first senior cap for the German national team and is tipped to become a future star with the player expected to be in Joachim Loew’s squad for this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.

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However, while he may be viewed as a long-term option for Arsenal, he’s unlikely to be able to command a first team place anytime soon due to the superb partnership Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have formed, so he’ll have to bide his time if he does make a move to north London.

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