Gunners target former trialist despite £7m City interest - reports

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Arsenal are reportedly considering a move for defender Stefan Savic, should their pursuit of Gary Cahill fail.

The England international centre back has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates, with the Gunners thought to be in discussions with Bolton Wanderers over a £17 million move for the player.

However, The Metro reports that Arsenal are lining-up Partizan Belgrade defender Savic as a 'fallback' should the Cahill move fail, with £10 million thought to be the asking price for the 20-year-old.

Manchester City are also thought to be keen on the player, with reports earlier in the week claiming Roberto Mancini had tabled a £7 million offer for the player, which was rejected.

"Savic is still here with us, so he has signed nothing yet," Partizan sporting director Mladen Krstajic told Blic after the interest of Manchester City was confirmed.

AC Milan and Roma have also been linked with the player, who has admitted that whilst it might be difficult to leave club, it could happen.

"If the time comes for me to leave Partizan, it would be difficult - but that is our life in sport. But for now I have no transfer information."


The Montenegro international has previously spent time on trial with the Gunners, although failed to secure a full-time Arsenal deal following a week at the training ground.

Arsene Wenger is now keen to bring the player to the Emirates though, and The Metro claims that Savic has previously talked up the possibility of a move to Arsenal.

With Manchester City waiting in the wings and considering a second offer, a transfer battle could be on the cards for Savic's services.

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