Arsenal are all set for a double swoop on Bundesliga as signing of two genuine midfield options Lars Bender and Granit Xhaka seems to be edging closer.
It now looks like the Gunners could finally sign their long-time target Borussia Dortmund’s Lars Bender, after the player’s club chairman gave a hint that the highly rated midfielder may be actually given green signal to make a move for a top club.
After going through an injury crisis which has seen star midfielders like Francis Coquelin, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere out of action for long periods of the season, the 26-year-old midfielder could be signed this month, according to a report from Telegraph.
However, the Bundesliga side had earlier made it clear Bender would not be sold to Arsenal, but now their stance seems to have softened a bit.
“Bayer Leverkusen can’t be as arrogant to say that we are creating world stars and they will retire here,” said chairman Michael Schade.
“If we are able to create a world star or top player, then one day this player wants to play for one of the top [clubs in the world], of course.”
Wenger was on his toes to bring in suitable replacements for his injured players in the January transfer window and the German international has been impressive in recent times and is another high quality defensive midfield player who could really make a difference at the Emirates.
The long term injuries to Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla, along with unfit Mikel Arteta will mean that Wenger had to make a move for yet another high quality player in that role and Bender who has already proved himself could be the right man for the Frenchman’s side. It will be interesting to see if the Arsenal boss succeeds to sign the 26 year old midfield superstar, as he has already signed Egyptian midfielder Elneny from Basel.
Meanwhile, another player from the Bundesliga who could also join Arsenal is Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder, Granit Xhaka.
Despite their best efforts to hold on to the Switzerland international, Monchengladbach now believed to have resigned to losing Xhaka who has been a long target for Arsene Wenger.
“I don’t know what will happen in the summer,” Monchengladbach director Max Eberl said.
German tabloid Bild earlier reported that three Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool along with Bayern are heavily interested despite the Switzerland international’s €30 million release clause which is due to become active in 2017 summer.
It was also suggested an offer of €40m would be enough to persuade Gladbach to sell the player, and Xhaka also hinted recently he would consider a transfer offer if he is given promise over first-team football.