Arsene Wenger is set to renew his interest in bringing German midfielder Lars Bender to Arsenal, with a £21 million bid expected in the next few days.
The Metro reports how Bayer Leverkusen were approached by Arsenal last summer, but their £15 million bid was rejected and Wenger had seemingly given up on signing the 25-year-old.
The last position you would expect Wenger to want to strengthen is the midfield, as Arsenal are overrun with players in the middle of the pitch.
After turning down Cesc Fabregas it would seem odd to court another midfield player, as the former Arsenal man would have fit straight into the midfield.
Granted, both players are different types of midfielders, but there are other sitting midfields who would cost around the same price that are more suited to Arsenal, one such suggestion would be fellow German Sami Khedira, who may also be available this summer.
Upping their bid from £15 million to £21 million is an adjustment to the current market, with higher prices than ever being touted for top players like Arturo Vidal for instance.
Thus, compared to the market, Bender is a relatively good option, but the amount still seems inflated, for a player that possibly won't excite Arsenal fans, as he isn't the big name striker or defender they are looking for.
Spending £20 million on an already strong midfield seems like an odd idea, one perhaps forced by missing out on other targets.
Perhaps the only logical explanation could be that Athletic Bilbao target Mikel Arteta is set to leave the Gunners and as such, a replacement defensive minded midfielder is need to balance an otherwise strong midfield.
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