Arsene Wenger is hoping to solve his defensive problems by launching a £10 million bid for FC Basel star Fabian Schar in January, reports the Daily Star.
The Arsenal boss has struggled to reorganise his defence around injuries to Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy. Nacho Monreal has been forced to fill in at centre-back several times already this season and it is quickly becoming apparent how inadequate the Spanish international is.
Monreal was at fault for, arguably, two of Anderlecht's three goals as Arsenal surrendered a three-goal lead in their Champions League group game. With Koscielny still weeks away from fitness, the dire situation is set to continue until January at least.
Wenger is hoping to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window, having already confirmed his intentions to sign a defender. Some reports have linked the Gunners with a big money move for Mats Hummels, however, it appears the German international will fall someway out of their price range.
"I've always said that if the opportunity presented itself, I would take it, obviously in agreement with Basel" - Fabian Schar
Arsenal have given Wenger £20 million to spend in January, meaning the Frenchman has been forced to revise his targets. Schar, who only this week declared his desire to leave the Swiss club, appears to be the answer.
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Ready to leave
Schar said in an interview with Blick: "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."
The Gunners gaffer is preparing a £10 million offer for the 22-year-old, after being impressed with his progress over the last 12 months. Schar has broken into the international set up with Switzerland and has drawn admiring glances from some of Arsenal's biggest rivals.
Those interested parties include Premier League duo Tottenham and Manchester United. Mauricio Pochettino does not look to have strengthening his defence on the agenda. However, a shock departure would leave Schar as a key target.
Manchester United are the more likely of the two to provide Wenger with some competition. Louis van Gaal has seen an epidemic of injuries hit his Red Devils defence so far this season and doubts remain over Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling.
Schar would bring some added quality to Old Trafford, but his presence would surely harm the progress of Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair. Similarly, Wenger will be keen to make sure Calum Chambers' route to the team remains unblocked.