Arsenal will have to fight off the likes of Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund if they want to land Basel defender Fabian Schar.
According to talkSPORT, Arsene Wenger is keen on the Swiss international and could be ready to add him to the centre-back ranks at Emirates Stadium.
However, the report claims both Inter and Dortmund are keen on Schar, so that any bid for him from Arsenal would likely spark a reaction from either of these clubs.
The 21-year-old has been especially impressive for Basel in the Champions League this season, putting in a pair of strong performances against Chelsea as the Swiss side did the double over Jose Mourinho.
Wenger currently only has three senior centre-backs in his squad and one of them, Laurent Koscielny, is out injured after badly gashing his knee. That leave club captain Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker, so the addition of a young centre-back that could provide cover while also being a good prospect may be wise.
It appears Arsenal's biggest competition will come from the Bundesliga, as Schar's agent revealed the more serious talks and enquiries have come from there and the Premier League, with Italy lagging behind.
"Inter is a great club with a great history. Any player would be happy to play there," he is quoted as saying in the report.
"But today we have had more contact with English and German clubs, not with those from Serie A. He is happy at Basel, where there is a great atmosphere."
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