Freiburg and Germany rising star Matthias Ginter has reiterated his desire to leave the German side and has his heart set on a move to a bigger club, which may be good news for Arsenal and Manchester United.
According to the Express, 20-year-old Ginter has been linked with many of Europe’s big clubs over the last few months following his impressive displays at the heart of the Freiburg defence and forcing his way into Joachim Low’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil. The Gunners and their counterparts at Old Trafford are mentioned as two of the many suitors, as both look to make additions to their respective squads this summer.
Freiburg, according to the report, have already turned down an offer of around £7million for the highly rated youngster from Arsenal and are keen to keep hold of their rising star insisting that his development is best served with them:
"Matthias now needs match practice - and he'll only get it regularly with us," said Freiburg president Fritz Keller.
"The fact that Matthias is striving higher is clear. I totally understand. But Freiburg offers him the opportunity to grow into the role of the defensive chief and to lead the team."
Arsenal have been tracking the 20-year-old’s progress carefully, but face a fight with fellow Premier League club Manchester United if they decide to move; former manager David Moyes personally scouted the player during his time in charge last season, but the report suggests they may still be interested although their transfer priorities may have changed under new manager Louis van Gaal.
Van Gaal is said to have made Ginter’s international teammate Mats Hummels his top defensive target and should United be successful in prising the 25-year-old centre-half away from Borussia Dortmund, Jurgen Kopp may turn to Ginter to replace Hummels.
Bild reported last week that staying in Germany would be the player’s preferred option and that Dortmund are his club of choice although Freiberg have so far rejected the advances of the German Super Cup holders, insisting they must wait another year to get their man.
Having joined Freiburg aged 11, the 6ft 3 centre half broke into the first team fold at the Mage Solar Stadion in 2012 and has been a regular starter ever since.
Ginter made 34 appearances for Freiburg last season, helping Christian Streich’s side to a fourteenth place finish in the Bundesliga. The German starlet won 38% of his tackles and 60% of his headed duels whilst only picking up one yellow card over the course of the campaign making him the second best defender under 21 in the Bundesliga according to Squawka.com player rankings and the fifth best player under 21 overall.
"I've had plenty of time to think and my decision stands,” Ginter told Kicker.
"I don't want to put anyone under pressure, but I hope that I don't have to worry about it at the tournament."
Whilst Freiburg are understandably keen to hold on to such a prized asset it is believed a bid of £10.5m would be too good for his current employers to refuse and it appears that with plenty of potential suitors monitoring his progress it will only be a matter of time until someone meets the asking price for this precocious talent.
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