Arsenal are poised to make a £15million offer for Borussia Dortmund star Sven Bender, as Arsene Wenger looks to begin his summer transfer dealings with aplomb.
Information in the Dail Mail insinuates that the Gunners are readying a substantial offer with which to tempt Jurgen Klopp to let Bender go, following the 25-year-old’s rejection from the Germany World Cup squad. It’s thought that Wenger favours the acquisition of the Dortmund midfielder ahead of a bid to bring back former captain Francesc Fabregas from Barcelona, and would likely use the German to protect his back four next season.
Since penning his new three-year deal at the Emirates Stadium Wenger is keen to ensure that his side are ready to compete for all major honours next year and, with a deal for Loic Remy virtually agreed, the purchase of a top quality central midfielder is next on his list. Having already been rebuffed by Sven’s elder brother Lars, who opted to pledge his future to Bayer Leverkusen rather than make a move to north London, the Frenchman is said to be ready to use a healthy chunk of his supposed £100million transfer budget to alleviate concerns that he may miss out on the younger Bender as well.
With the likes of Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta slowly edging closer to the end of their respective careers at the highest level, Bender could prove to be a very timely addition to Arsenal's squad. Whether or not Klopp will be ready to let him leave Dortmund without a fight however, remains to be seen.