Arsenal and Barcelona could lose out to Tottenham for Fabian Schar

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Arsenal and Barcelona could be jolted into action over a mutual summer transfer target after it was revealed that Tottenham Hotspur were ready to make an offer for him.

According to the Daily Star, new Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has been very impressed with young Swiss defender Fabian Schar and is ready to make him the target of a £9million summer bid. However, the report also states that both Arsenal and Barcelona have been on the lookout for defensive recruits and have been tracking the 22-year-old for some time.

Schar is currently with the Switzerland squad at the World Cup in Brazil, but is yet to feature for Ottmar Hitzfeld's side, so Arsene Wenger, Pochettino and Luis Enrique, Barcelona's new manager, will have to wait to get another look at him.

Spurs to spark bidding war?

Arsenal's manager could reportedly be dangerously short of options in central defence this summer following Bacary Sagna's decision to join Manchester City on a free transfer and captain Thomas Vermaelen apparently asking for a switch to Manchester United.

That would leave the Gunners with only Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as viable first team centre-backs and signing Schar would be a typical Wenger signing - forgoing looking for experienced cover and instead opting to develop a promising youngster.

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Meanwhile, Pochettino has something of a rebuilding job on his hands at White Hart Lane after a tumultuous campaign last season saw both Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood eventually lose their jobs.

One area in need of refreshing is the centre of defence, as captain Michael Dawson has slowed down considerably in the past few seasons and Spurs have been leaking far too many silly goals to maintain a successful tilt at the top four.

Barcelona are also looking to rebuild under Enrique after a trophyless season under Tata Martino, which has led to the sale of Cesc Fabregas, the retirement of Carles Puyol and the probable departure of legend Xavi.

A modern defender

Schar is a strong and quick defender who proved how good he can be last season when his club Basle pulled off a double against Chelsea in the Champions League, with the 22-year-old particularly impressive in the 1-0 at home to Jose Mourinho's side.

He would be a terrific signing for all of Arsenal, Tottenham and Barcelona because he is the epitome of the modern centre-back - tall, strong, still reasonably quick and comfortable with the ball at his feet

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