Arsenal And Manchester City Will Battle Tottenham And Liverpool For £15m Simon Kjaer

Danish defender is wanted at Emirates, Eastlands, White Hart Lane and Anfield.

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German side Wolfsburg is looking to cash in on their Danish defender Simon Kjaer this summer, arousing the interest of both Tottenham and Liverpool. Kenny Dalglish is now concentrating on reinforcing the Anfield defence, while the defensive problems at White Hart Lane have been well documented already.

It has been reported that Wolfsburg are willing to sell the 21-year-old in the summer, despite him only arriving last year, and the two Premiership sides are preparing to make rival bids. Kjaer is highly rated and has already received 15 international caps for Denmark.

Kjaer made his senior debut for Midtjylland in 2006 and was promoted to the first team in 2007. He had a successful trial with Real Madrid that year but Midtjylland did not want to sell him.

By the end of 2007 he had attracted more attention from abroad including, Middlesborough and Chelsea. But Kjaer signed a 5 year deal with Italian Seria A side Palermo. He played 62 games for Palermo over two seasons and was sold to Wolfsburg for an undisclosed fee in 2010.

Meanwhile Kjaer had been called up for the Danish national team in 2009 and was part of the squad at the 2010 World Cup where he played two games.

The German newspapers had reported that Liverpool had a bid turned down for the defender in the January transfer period, but Liverpool have continued to monitor the player together with Tottenham, especially since Wolfsburg have identified Per Mertesacker of Werder Bremen as a replacement.


With David Luiz now a Chelsea player, every club’s attention will turn to the next most promising defender in Europe.

Simon Kjaer is highly-rated and with his team Wolfsburg apparently looking to sell, the 21-year-old could be heading to the Premier League.

The fact so many big-name clubs are interested in him shows not just the potential of Kjaer but also the lack of defensive quality in England at the moment.

Arsenal are always looking to find a centre-back while Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has never been convinced of Joleon Lescott and Kolo Toure.

Liverpool, under Kenny Dalglish, are looking to re-build. Selling Fernando Torres and bringing in Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez has sorted out the striking problem, but with Jamie Carragher and Sotirios Kyrgiakos the wrong side of 30, re-inforcements are needed.

Tottenham, like Arsenal, are always looking for centre-backs because like their North London rivals they struggle to keep clean sheets. Too many injury-prone defenders are in the Spurs squad so Harry redknapp will want fresh blood.

This could be the most exciting transfer battle of the summer.

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