Wolfsburg to battle with Arsenal for Ginter.
Wolfsburg to battle with Arsenal for Ginter.

Arsenal face some serious competition from Wolfsburg for Borussia Dortmund defender Matthias Ginter.

The Gunners have been keeping close tabs on Ginter’s progress over the course of his stellar Bundesliga campaign.

He made 40 appearances in all competitions, scoring three times to help Dortmund achieve Champions League qualification.

Ginter joined Dortmund from Freiburg after the 2014 World Cup but has struggled for consistency at the Westfalenstadion.

Despite an impressive start to last season, he ultimately fell behind Poland right-back Lukasz Piszczek in the pecking order following the winter break and has been linked with an exit.

Arsene Wenger has tracked 22-year-old Ginter over the past few years and could launch an offer in the region of £10m, according to a report from The Sun.

But the veteran French manager isn’t the only interested suitor for the highly talented Germany international.

TransferMarketWeb suggests Wolfsburg have now joined the race for the Ginter.

However, Arsenal holds an advantage as Dortmund may ultimately decide they don’t want to see Ginter join a Bundesliga rival – despite Andre Schurrle heading in opposite direction. Schurrle is all set to join Dortmund from Wolfsburg.

Ginter, who can operate as a centre-back, right-back or midfield enforcer, hasn’t even joined Dortmund on their pre-season tour of China.

On Wednesday, Dortmund announced that Ginter has had to pull out of the club’s upcoming tour of Asia because of stomach flu.

His absence has led to increased speculation about his future and would represent Arsenal’s third summer signing following the arrival of Granit Xhaka and Takuma Asano.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has said defender Matthias Ginter remains part of the club’s plans despite links with Arsenal, Hamburg, and Wolfsburg.

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