Emirates Stadium side keen on landing in-form duo.
Arsenal are reportedly in discussions with Feyenoord ahead of a summer bid to sign young Dutch international pair Bruno Martins Indi and Jordy Clasie.
Arsene Wenger has sent scouts to monitor the progress of the Rotterdam based duo and has been impressed by glowing reports they have received. The Gunners boss has received the backing of his board to make a significant offer for the two youngsters, said to be in the region of £22m.
Bruno Martins Indi is an adaptable defender who can effectively fill both centre-back and left-back roles and has risen to prominence at De Kuip over the past 18 months. Under Ronald Koeman the 21 year old has become a virtual ever present and signed a new contract extension in February 2012 but Wenger is confident he can lure the Portuguese born defender to the Emirates Stadium.
Indi has also impressed since breaking into the senior Dutch national team set-up, becoming a fixture in Louis Van Gaal’s squad since his debut a year ago.
Wenger has earmarked a move for tigerish tackler Jordy Clasie as the Arsenal boss looks to bring in some much needed steel to complement the plethora of creative talents he has in his midfield.
The pint sized Feyenoord man has been dubbed the ‘Dutch Xavi’, such is the high regard those in the know have for the 21 year old box to box midfielder.
Arsenal haven’t adequately replaced Alex Song following his departure for Barcelona last summer and this has left the usually forward thinking Mikel Arteta to fill a holding role that greatly restricts his ability to make an impact and Clasie is seen as a player who can provide protection for the likes of Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla.
As well as his battling qualities Clasie weighs in with his fair share of goals and assists and has also impressed since breaking into the Dutch national team set-up.
Though Arsene Wenger is set to be handed a large transfer warchest the Arsenal manager is not likely to change a habit of a lifetime and start throwing huge sums to bring in established world famous stars and is still looking to scout young talents as he continues to plan for the long term as well as short term future of the North London club.
Though Feyenoord are mounting a genuine title challenge they are still realistic about the possibility of keeping their top talents when any of Europe’s ‘Elite’ come calling and could be ready to listen to offers, especially if said talents push for the chance to secure a Premier League move.