Arsenal have received huge boost in their pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen defender Omer Toprak after the Bundesliga club confirmed the signing of Austria international Aleksandar Dragovic from Dynamo Kiev. According to Sky Sports, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had identified the Turkish defender as an alternative if a move for long-term target Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi does not materialise.

The arrival of the Austrian defender opens the door for the Turkey international to complete the transfer, as the German club now have one too many central defenders to choose from.

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Arsene Wenger has been desperately trying to bring in a defender before the close of the summer transfer window owing to injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista and has been linked with several names but nothing concrete has panned out so far.

According to Turkish-Football, Leverkusen will allow Toprak to leave the club after completing the signing of the Austrian defender. The Turkey international had also indicated he could leave the club this summer.

“It is not certain whether I will stay at Bayer Leverkusen, we still have a month and anything could happen until them,” Toprak said earlier in the month on a proposed move away from the Bundesliga club, as quoted by Turkish-Football.com