Man Utd Ready To Do Battle With Arsenal Over €10m Midfielder
Manchester Utd are ready to do-battle with rivals Arsenal over the signature of €10m-rated World Cup winning midfielder Christoph Kramer, according to reports
With the January transfer window fast approaching managers are formalising their plans to strengthen their squads ahead of the second half of the season, so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Man Utd are linked with Arsenal target Christoph Kramer.
Manchester United are ready to do-battle with rivals Arsenal over the signature of €10m-rated World Cup winning midfielder Christoph Kramer, according to reports.
Kramer caught the eye with some impressive displays at the World Cup and he featured in the final for Germany against Argentina before being forced off with concussion following a nasty blow to the head.
The 23-year-old earned his place in Joachim Low’s 23-man squad for Brazil 2014 after playing a key role in helping Borussia Monchengladbach finish in fifth place in the Bundesliga table last season.
He has continued his excellent form this term which has led to speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League with Arsenal strongly linked with a move for the tough-tackling midfielder in recent months.
Reports have suggested that Arsene Wenger has had Kramer scouted extensively this season and with a long-term replacement for Mikel Arteta needed at the Emirates, the German international is on the Gunners boss’ radar.
However, it looks like the North Londoners will now face some stiff competition for his signature as talkSPORT claim that Manchester United – along with Real Madrid – are also keen on Kramer and are willing to meet his €10m (£8m) valuation.
United have invested heavily in rebuilding their squad over the past 18 months but Louis van Gaal is expected to be handed further funds over the next two transfer windows and a long-term replacement for 33-year-old Michael Carrick looks like it’s on the agenda.
While he’d be an excellent addition for both Arsenal or United, any potential deal, either in January or next summer, isn’t going to be straight-forward as Kramer is currently in the second season of a two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach.
Although his parent club, Bayer Leverkusen, may be prepared to cash-in, Monchengladbach are likely to demand the player sees out the final six months of his loan deal – which will rule out a move in January – while the Bundesliga outfit will be desperate to make the move permanent in the summer.
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