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Arsenal, United and Chelsea face 'German Messi' battle

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Arsenal are leading Chelsea and Manchester United in the race to sign Werder Bremen midfielder Marko Marin, according to reports in Germany and Bosnia.

The 21-year-old, who has been dubbed ‘the German Messi’, is reportedly available for around £15 million and being tracked by German giants Bayern Munich as well.

The Gunners are currently preparing to face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, a competition Marin suffered defeat in yesterday against FC Twente.

And, in a competitive league like the Bundesliga, Werder have so far failed to hit the heights that shot them into Europe’s premier competition and currently sit in mid-table.

If the club do not improve, and Arsenal do decide to follow up on their reported interest, a switch to a side challenging for the Premier League title could be attractive to a player who is fighting with Mesut Ozil for a regular place in the Germany team.

One stumbling block could be Arsene Wenger’s reluctance to spend big money on players but bringing Marin to the Emirates Stadium could be a gamble worth taking.

Also, Marin has gone on record praising his current manager Thomas Schaaf, who has helped to aid his development since the £7 million switch from Borussia Mönchengladbach.

“He's a special character. It's well known that he's very good at introducing new talent and that's important for me and my development,” the Bosnian-born winger told UEFA.com.

Furthermore, Manchester United could also be in the hunt as they seemingly trawl the depths of German talent in the Bundesliga.

Sir Alex Ferguson has been linked with a big money move for compatriot Bastian Schweinsteiger but could turn his attention to the younger Marin if a move for the Bayern midfielder to go to Old Trafford falls through.

If Schweinsteiger does move to Manchester United, Bayern will be in the hunt for a replacement and Marin will be the obvious choice.

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