Sources close to Arsenal suggest the North London club is getting ready to make a £10 million swoop for Werder Bremen defender Per Mertesacker.
It has been widely reported since last season that Arsene Wenger has been looking for the right players to strengthen the Arsenal defence, when the Gunners managers pinpointed his clubs defence as a weakness:
“If you divide the season into two – going forward we have done very well but defensively we have been average.”
It is believed that the 26-year old defender has reignited interest from Arsenal as a result of Everton refusing to negotiate over the Gunners offer for centre-half Phil Jagielka.
Media sources speculate that Arsenal had a £14 million offer for Jagielka rejected by the Toffees, who are fighting to keep hold of the highly-rated defender.
Wenger was previously linked with Bremen defender in the summer. However, negotiations between the two clubs broke down. Reports suggest communication between the two clubs has picked back up again over the defender potentially leaving for the Gunners in January.
Mertesacker has two years left on his contract with Bremen and reports from Germany say he admires Arsenal and would relish the opportunity to play for them.
With money to spend in January, the Emirates club appear to have highlighted a central defender as priority, with Bolton's Gary Cahill also being mentioned.