£19.7m Arsenal bid for German star rejected

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Arsenal have had a bid of £19.7 million for Bayer Leverkusen star Lars Bender turned down, according to reports in Germany.

The 24-year-old has made 14 appearances for Germany, and featured for his country at Euro 2012 where he scored against Denmark in the group stages.

The Gunners have seemingly been focusing all their efforts on landing Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid.

However according to German source, the north London club are also doing their best to land Bender during the summer transfer window.

They claim that Arsenal have offered just under £20 million for his services, which has been turned down by Leverkusen.

The German outfit have already lost Andre Schurrle to Chelsea and Dani Carvajal to Real Madrid so are under no obligation to sell up to the Gunners.

It's now up to Arsenal to increase their offer if they want to land Bender, who has made over 150 appearances for Leverkusen, before the window shuts in August.

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