Arsenal and Manchester United have been handed a boost in their quest to find defensive additions, as one target, Fabian Schar, has revealed he would be open to a move and would not be able to turn them down if they made an offer.
Speaking to Swiss publication Blick, with the quotes being carried by the Daily Express, the 22-year-old centre-back was open about this desire to move on from current club FC Basel and even admitted that the club would be open to selling - the price mooted in the report is in the region of £10million.
Both Arsenal and Manchester United have been credited with an interest in the Switzerland international before and these latest quotes will give them confidence that a deal can be negotiated if the interest in Schar remains.
However, the Premier League duo may face a fight from Serie A if they decide to make a move, as the promising young defender admitted he would be tempted by a chance to join one of Italy’s more prominent sides.
My dream remains to have an experience abroad
"Basel are open to negotiations, but at this moment I have decided that I want to concentrate on my performances,” he says in the interview.
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"I went through a difficult period and it wasn't the right time to discuss my renewal. I don't want to be worrying about that now.
"My dream remains to have an experience abroad. I've always said that if the opportunity presented itself, I would take it, obviously in agreement with Basel. I need a team with important prospects. I'd like the Bundesliga, Premier League or top Italian clubs like Inter, Milan and Juventus.
“I couldn't say no. I want to hear all my options and consider them carefully. There was some contact in the summer, but nothing serious."
Both Arsene Wenger and Louis van Gaal have issues in defence at the moment and Schar’s form in Europe for Basel over the past few seasons suggests he could well be an interesting signing for them.
The Arsenal manager has seen injuries to Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy force him to shuffle his defensive options around in the past few games, which has left the Gunners looking vulnerable.
Meanwhile, injuries and bad form have dogged Manchester United’s back line and they have struggled for victories so far, despite spending vast amounts on attackers in the summer transfer window.