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Arsenal Chase £15m “New Vidic”: Subotic Is a Wanted Man

Wenger shows interest in up and coming centre back.

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Sports News - February 09, 2009

Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic has been reported to be attracting interest from Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.

According to the player’s agent Steve Kelly, the Premier League’s top clubs have all been watching the highly rated defender dubbed as the ‘New Vidic.’

Subotic is one of Dortmund’s prize assets, and despite only being 20-years-old the defender has already broken into the Serbian national team scoring one goal.

Speaking exclusively to Sport.co.uk, Steve Kelly said: “There are, as normal a host of rumours flying around the press. I can confirm that the Premier League’s big boys have watched Neven, as well as some of Europe’s top clubs. This is no surprise as he is an exceptional player and athlete.

“There isn’t a better prospect in his position in Europe, if you watch him he is not only a great defender but he can score goals as well. Although he has been quiet on that front recently. But he offers so much.

“The values talked about are fair. It will take between £15 and £20 million to prize him away from Borussia Dortmund. You have to remember, Dortmund is a massive club, he is on a good deal, and also extremely happy with life in Germany. He loves playing for Dortmund and is valued as their best player.” (Give Me Football)

20 year old Neven Subotic is gaining quite a name for himself. Now in his second season at Dortmund the towering centre back has been in fine form for the Bundesliga side and as such has attracted much attention.

Arsene Wenger is said to be monitoring the Serbian’s progress and is reportedly keen on making a move for the £15m rated youngster who had previously represented the United States at youth level before opting to play for his nation of birth, helping them to qualification for next summer’s World Cup.

The Gunners could probably do with another option at centre back in the long term as the likes of Philippe Senderos and Johan Djourou have failed to cover themselves in glory. Subotic would presumably jump at the chance of moving to the Premier League as his Borussia Dortmund side are a shadow of their former selves and are unlikely to secure Champions League football for the youngster.


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