Emirates boss looks to seal deal for Serbian international.
Arsenal are reportedly tracking Serbian international defender Neven Subotic.
The 21-year-old centre back originally appeared on the radar in North London back in April, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hoping to land the player before the World Cup.
Subotic showed his class during the tournament in South Africa, building on his reputation as one of the best young defenders in Europe alongside Nemanja Vidic.
A Bundesliga regular at Borussia Dortmund, Subotic joined the German side from Mainz 05 in 2008 and has since made 78 appearances in all competitions.
Die Borussen have constantly warned off potential suitors over a bid for the player, but Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid are all reported to be interested in a potential move for the player.
Frenchman Wenger had hoped to bring the player to the Emirates for a fee in the region of £12 million, but the Westfalenstadion club valued the player at £20 million following his performances on the world’s biggest stage. (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)
Arsene Wenger will still be looking to strengthen his back line and has long been an admirer of Serbian centre back Neven Subotic and this source believes a move for the 21 year old may well occur in January if the need becomes urgent or failing that in the summer when he may be more likely to consider leaving Borussia Dortmund.
Dubbed the “New Vidic”, the former Mainz man is considered one of the most solid defenders in the Bundesliga and as well as interest from the north London club the likes of Bayern Munich and Schalke are also reportedly keen on Subotic.
Having brought in Sebastien Squillaci and Laurent Koscielny, Wenger steadied his back line after the loss of experienced trio William Gallas, Mikael Silvester and Sol Campbell but the Gunners boss is still looking for longer term defensive options and the youthful Dortmund man would in many ways be an ideal purchase.