Gunners boss Arsene Wenger looks to bring German pair to the Emirates.
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Arsene Wenger will step up his search for a new centre back and will reportedly attempt to lure a long term goalkeeping target from the same team as Arsenal make moves for Schalke duo Manuel Neuer and Benedict Howedes.
The German pair have both been at the Gelsenkirchen club for their entire professional careers and have seen their side go from Bundesliga title contenders to mid table mediocrity in the space of a few short months. This has led to talk that some of Felix Magath’s top talent will look to leave the club either in January or in the summer.
Highly rated keeper Neuer has been strongly linked with a move away from Veltins-Arena and was high up on the Gunners list of targets as they attempted to bring in a new goalie last summer and given that Manuel Almunia appears to be on his way out and whilst Lukasz Fabianski has improved, the Emirates boss is apparently still searching for a solid first choice custodian and will reignite his interest in the giant 24 year old Schalke captain.
22 year old Howedes is considered one of the hottest prospects in the Bundesliga and the burly centre back can also play in the centre of midfield and that adaptability appeals to Wenger who has been monitoring the youngsters progress for some time now.
The pair would cost Arsenal around £22m, a fee that would not be an issue for the financially well run club. Wenger clearly sees the Bundesliga as the place to go when looking for solid defensive performers having reportedly targeted the likes of Per Mertesacker and Neven Subotic in the last few months.
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