Emirates outfit close in on Werder Bremen centre back.
Per Mertesacker set for Arsenal move in summer, Werder Bremen chief hints
Arsenal target Per Mertesacker looks set to leave his present club Werder Bremen at the end of the season.
The Gunners have struggled at centre-back all season, with key player Thomas Vermaelen not having played since September and French signing Sebastien Squillaci failing to impress.
Manager Arsene Wenger is believed to have targeted German international Mertesacker to solve his defensive problems, and Werder Bremen are ready to cash in.
Mertesacker and goalkeeper Tim Wiese will both have just one year left on their contracts with the Bundesliga team in June, and Werder’s general manager Klaus Allofs indicated that the club cannot afford to lose the pair for nothing.
‘If you are not going to hand out an extension to an outrunning contract then you need to know all the possibilities available to you,’ he said.
‘As soon as we are aware of our fate in the Bundesliga this spring, we are going to clarify [the situation] with these contracts.
‘We will be in talks.’
Wenger may also be interested in taking German international Wiese, as he looks to solve his long-standing goalkeeping problem.
So this source believes are set to buy German international Per Mertesacker and if that is the case then I would imagine Arsenal supporters on the whole will be glad to see the North London club invest in an established talent as opposed to a youngster or an unknown. The 26 year old centre back is vastly experienced for his age and could help beef up the Emirates back line.
Given the fact that Sebastien Squillaci and Laurent Koscielny have both suffered with patches of poor form and may not be cut out for a top four Premier League side and that Thomas Vermaelen has injury issues the signing of a new centre back is probably very high up on Arsene Wenger’s transfer agenda.
The good form shown by Johan Djourou though is however a plus point for the Gunners. Per Mertesacker already has 73 caps to his name and a wealth of top level club experience and may well be suited to the physical nature of the Premier League and could be snapped up for as little as £6m as he only has one year left on his contract.