Wolfsburg are ready to trump Arsenal’s bid for Papiss Demba Cisse after Edin Dzeko’s transfer to Manchester City gave them an unexpected windfall.

Freiburg striker Cisse is valued at around £5 million, which had looked out of Steve McClaren’s reach until Roberto Mancini dug into Sheik Mansour’s pocket and forked out £27 million for Dzeko.

Arsenal had been willing to pay the asking price, despite the Bundesliga side’s reluctance to sell their top asset, but now Wolfsburg can compete.

And, in order to ensure Cisse does not decide to choose Arsenal over Wolfsburg, the German side will pay over the odds and make an offer their rivals cannot refuse.

This is likely to knock the Gunners out of the park and ensure Dezko’s replacement will be the Senegal striker.

Dzeko will be a hard act to follow but the African has netted 13 goals in just 16 games in the German top flight – a record which alerted Arsenal.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger had wanted him to replace Nicklas Bendtner, who could be off to Bayern Munich, but now it seems they will miss out.

And Wenger has told Arsenal fans not to expect much movement in the transfer window, with a centre back the most likely player to move to the Emirates Stadium this month.

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