Arsenal revive interest in Bundesliga starlet
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is interested in bringing Freiburg midfielder Matthias Ginter to the Emirates
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revived interest in Freiburg' defensive midfielder Matthias Ginter, reports the Metro.
The Frenchman is understood to be a big admirer of the 19-year-old German U21 international who broke into the Freiburg senior team this season, following seven years playing in the academy as a junior.
Ginter made 26 appearances last season, scoring twice for Christian Striech's side, who finished 5th in the Bundesliga last season, one of their highest placed finishes in years, with the club often known for bouncing between the first and second division in German football.
German media sources have claimed that Arsene Wenger has been tracking Ginter since April, but Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund are keen on adding the 19-year-old to their squad too. Klopp's side secured the signing of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang from St-Ettiene this week, and the Champions League runners-up are looking to continue their progress from last season.
Ginter's current deal at Freiburg expires in 2015, so the Gunners will be expected to pay a fee to release Ginter from his current deal. Freiburg Manager Striech is looking for a sum of around £6m for Ginter, who is considered to be one of the club's most profitable assets.
Young French midfielder Francis Coquelin has recently signed a year-long loan with the Bavarian based side, and Wenger will be hoping to to use this new found communication to push through a deal for the 6" 2" academy graduate.
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