Turkish defender Omer Toprak has admitted that he could leave his current club Bayer Leaverkusen this summer amid Arsenal interest.
The Gunners have been linked with the central defender this summer as they are looking to add a quality centre-back to their squad following major injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista.
Arsenal were looking for a quality centre back across Europe as they were linked with the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Jose Fonte and Jose Gimenez to name a few. The 27-year old has been one of the finest centre-backs outside Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in Bundesliga since his move to Bayer Leverkusen in 2011.
He has made an impressive 170 appearances for Leverkusen over the last five years and still has two years left in his contract with the German club. However, Toprak has admitted that he is open to a move away from Bay Arena after a five year spell as he seeks new challenge in his career.
‘It is not certain whether I will stay at Bayer Leverkusen,’ Toprak told Turkish-Football.
‘We still have a month and anything could happen until them.’
Arsenal meanwhile are looking to seal the deal for Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi as the Spanish club are playing hardball over the transfer as they are looking for a massive £43million for the German defender.
Further reports suggest that they have given up their interest in Jose Fonte as the player is keen to make a move to Manchester United in the coming days. The Turkish defender remains a realistic target and cheaper option for Gunners going into the last days of the transfer window.