Arsenal consider £15m move for David Marshall

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Arsenal are not fazed by Cardiff City's stunning £15m valuation for star goalkeeper David Marshall and set to try and steal the Scottish international from under the noses of Tottenham Hotspur this summer, according to The Telegraph.

Marshall was a shining light during Cardiff's failed struggle to survive this season, winning plaudits and a whole host of new admirers with a string of accomplished performances.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants to take advantage of Cardiff's drop to the Championship by signing Marshall as quality competition to Wojciech Szczesny's position as number one at the Emirates, but the deal will not come cheap.

Wenger wants Marshall to replace outgoing stopper Lukasz Fabianski and plans to lodge a formal enquiry later this week, although Spurs want the same player and will challenge their North London rivals for his signature.

Cardiff believe the 29-year-old is now a proven Premier League commodity and should command a lofty fee of £15m to match a tremendous season, but Arsenal remain interested and believe they can reach a compromise over the valuation.

Arsenal are ahead of Tottenham in terms of making a move because Spurs have not given up hope of keeping Hugo Lloris, while Liverpool are very much in the periphery despite also declaring an interest in the stopper.

Wenger has a transfer kitty of approaching £100m to spend this summer and Marshall has the makings of a suitable first addition, although there is definitely room for manoeuvre on the price tag before negotiations can begin.

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