Wenger earmarks German international as potential Emirates partner for Thomas Vermaelen.
Arsenal eye £10m Mertesacker as David Moyes urges Everton not to sell Phil Jagielka
Arsenal are considering a move for £10 million-rated World Cup star Per Mertesacker as they extend their search for defensive reinforcements.
The Gunners are already close to finalising an £8.5 million deal for Laurent Koscielny from French club Lorient.
But boss Arsene Wenger needs to make at least two big-money signings, with both William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre departing. And if Sol Campbell joins Celtic it will leave Arsenal with just two senior central defenders, Thomas Vermaelen and Johan Djourou.
Mertesacker, 25, has been on the Gunners’ radar for some time with chief scout Steve Rowley regularly making personal checks on him in action for club side Werder Bremen.
The giant defender’s displays in helping Germany to the quarter-finals in South Africa have strengthened the view that he could do a job in the Premiership. (Daily Mail)
Towering centre back Per Mertesacker is a top notch player who has already achieved a great deal in his international footballing career but would probably feel that in club football terms he is not quite firing on all cylinders at Bundesliga side Werder Bremen who have failed to mount a domestic title challenge in recent years and that has led to much speculation about a potential move away from the Weserstadion.
Arsene Wenger is known to be a big admirer of the German international and given the departure of defenders William Gallas, Mikel Silvestre and Sol Campbell from the club a move for an experienced centre back would make a great of sense and perhaps a move for the 6ft 6in former Hannover man would be easier to clinch than that of Phil Jagielka.
Mertesacker has been in top form at the 2010 World Cup and may well be looking for a new challenge and a move to the Premier League could well be perfectly timed this summer.