Gunners close in on full-back.
Arsenal are preparing a bid to bring Czech Republic full-back Theodor Gebre Selassie to the Emirates.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been tracking the Slovan Liberec star for some time and has been impressed by his performances at Euro 2012.
The full-back played every minute as the Czechs won group A to set-up tonight’s quarter-final clash with Portugal.
He is expected to have a busy night faced with the Portuguese threat down the flanks, which includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani of Manchester United and Real Madrid’s flying full-back Fabio Coentrao.
But Arsenal have already seen enough to convince them and are reportedly to make a £6.5m bid for Selassie as soon as the Euros are over.
A late developer, Selassie only made his senior debut for the Czech Republic last year but has been their player to watch ever since. The former Slavia Prague defender is the first black player ever to represent the country.
Wenger believes his pace and athleticism will perfectly complement Arsenal’s style of play and the Frenchman consulted Czech captain Tomas Rosicky before making his move.
Last term Arsenal saw their defence decimated by injuries which chiefly affected their defence and the fact that Bacary Sagna suffered two broken legs in the space of 12 months may well be the impetus for Wenger’s push to snap up the promising defender.