Arsenal and Manchester United stepped up their interest in Germany starlet Matthias Ginter this month but it appeaers as if it was not enough to convince him his future lies at either Emirates Stadium or Old Trafford.
According to the Daily Express, the Gunners and Red Devils have been beaten to the punch by Borussia Dortmund and that Ginter is ready to agree a deal that will see him stay in the Bundesliga. Freiburg will have been preparing for him departure for some time as the 20-year-old has been in outstanding form over the past year or so since breaking into the first team.
Ginter's versatility is likely to be what attracted the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal too him as he has shown he is capable of playing both in defence and as a defensive midfielder. However, his most impressive displays have been when operating at the heart of defence and it is where he has made an impact at international level.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could be in need of central defensive recruitments come next season as one of their three senior players there, captain Thomas Vermaelen, has been linked with a transfer away from north London. The Belgium international has had to face being third-choice in the position since the latter stages of last season established Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as the most impressive pairing at the club.
Manchester United, meanwhile, will have to reassess transfer plans for this summer after the sacking of David Moyes this week and the new boss will have to be consulted on any new transfer targets. However, Ginter is seen as one of the leading young talents in Europe, so any prospective new Old Trafford manager would have been unlikely to turn down the opportunity to sign him.
It now appears Wenger and United will have to look elsewhere as the report claims an £8million deal to take Ginter to Borussia Dortmund is very close. The allure of staying in his homeland and working with much-admired manager Jurgen Klopp appears to have been too great an opportunity to turn down, as he would likely play a major role in the Westfalenstadion club's assault on the Bundesliga next season and the mammoth task of overthrowing Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Bayern Munich side.