Arsenal are preparing to make a formal offer for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet at the end of the season.

According to The Independent, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has had his scouts watch the Belgium international intensively in recent weeks.

The report also claims Wenger has gone so far as to begin checks into the 25-year-old’s character ahead of a £10million offer.

Mignolet will be installed as Arsenal number one should the transfer take place, according to the report, as Wenger is keen to provide competition for Wojciech Szczesny.

The Poland international was dropped for the Champions League win at Bayern Munich for Lukasz Fabianski.

It looked as though Szczesny would be staying on the bench until the end of the season until his compatriot was injured in the win over Norwich City on Saturday.

The 22-year-old returned to the side for the 0-0 draw with Everton on Tuesday night and was a solid presence throughout, though he didn’t have a great deal to do.

Wenger is reportedly searching for a new number one after losing faith in Szczesny’s ability to shoulder the responsibility.

Interest in Mignolet is understandable as he has kept ten clean sheets this season and has looked like Sunderland’s most impressive player.

The Black Cats do not want to sell him but a £10million bid and the lure of a club like Arsenal could be difficult to turn down.

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