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Arsenal Ready to Complete £10m Centre Back Signing Next Week

Emirates boss switches attentions to German international who would welcome a move to the north London club.

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Free State Stadium Bloemfontein World Cup 2010 Germany v England (4-1) Match 51 27/06/10 Per Mertesacker celebrates victory Photo Roger Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

ARSENAL are ready to launch a £10m bid for Per Mertesacker next week – if Everton refuse to budge on Phil Jagielka.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has already had a £14m bid for England defender Jagielka rejected by the Merseysiders.

The Frenchman is still weighing up whether to raise that offer to £18m – but Starsport ­ understands David Moyes has said that Jagielka must not be sold with the new season only weeks away. So Wenger is looking again at German giant Mertesacker, who has two years left on his contract at Werder Bremen.

World Cup star Mertesacker, 25, would jump at the chance to join Arsenal.

And sources close to him last night confirmed that his future will be resolved next week. (Daily Star)

According to some sources the deal to bring German international Per Mertesacker to the Emirates could be completed next week. Werder Bremen are finding it hard to beat off advances for their towering centre back and will accept an offer for the defender rather than keep an unhappy player.

Mertesacker is reportedly very keen on a move to the Premier League and is looking to push for a move from the Bundesliga side he has represented for the past four seasons. Arsene Wenger will surely feel that a move for such an established international would be a better option than offering almost twice that fee for Everton defender Phil Jagielka?

Having lost William Gallas the Gunners boss is looking for a strong presence in his back four and Mertesacker could well be the perfect man for the job.

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