Gunners 'make €10m bid' for new Vermaelen parter

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Arsenal have reportedly made a €10 million bid for German international defender Per Mertesacker.

The Werder Bremen centre back has been on the Emirates radar for several seasons now, and reports in Germany claim that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made a move for the player ahead of the January transfer window.

Mertesacker was thought to be close to joining the Gunners in the summer, but Arsenal signed Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci instead as Wenger searched for a partner for Thomas Vermaelen.

However, the Belgian international has missed the majority of the current campaign with injury, and with his replacements struggling to convince at the Emirates, Wenger has been linked with a number of centre backs in recent weeks.

Gary Cahill and Chris Samba are just two players thought to have been on the Arsenal radar, but Mertesacker is thought to be the prefered choice, something highlighted by the bid for the player.

Neither club has confirmed the offer as of yet, although Bremen are struggling in the Bundesliga and appear unlikely to make the Champions League next term. This is thought to play into the favour of Arsenal.

The former Hannover 96 star is reportedly currently waiting to learn the decision of his current German employers, and Arsenal will hope to complete a deal as quickly as possible in January.

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