Gunners are said to be reluctant to wait until after next year’s World Cup to make their move for the central defender.
Premier League leaders Arsenal are pondering making a cut-price move for highly rated Basel defender Fabian Schar when the winter transfer window opens again for business in the new year, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.
The coveted young Switzerland international has really shone for his club so far in this season, with Schar’s displays in Basel’s Uefa Champions League campaign to date in particular catching the eye.
In fact, Gunners head coach Arsene Wenger recently sent his scouts out to St Jacok-Park to watch the 21-year-old in action first hand, with the Frenchman receiving glowing reports back on Schar.
And now it is understood that the north London club are weighing up making a move for the centre back at the turn of the year, rather than waiting until after next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, when the Swiss’s asking price could rocket skywards if the central defender enjoys a particularly outstanding tournament with his country.
As a result, Wenger may now move forward with an offer somewhere in the region of £2.5 million for Schar, who has a contract with the Swiss champions that currently runs until June 30 2015, in January.