Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is prepared to give up on trying to sign £37 million-rated target William Carvalho and settle instead for Hamburg midfielder Tolgay Arslan, according to the Daily Mail.
The British publication claims that the Gunners boss is keeping an eye on the former Germany U21 international, as he could be available for free next summer when his contract runs out.
Arsenal are known to be in the market for a defensive midfielder, with Wenger himself having confirmed recently that he was ready to move in the transfer market due to ongoing injury problems.
Arslan over Carvalho
However, whereas it was once assumed that Carvalho - who has long been linked with a move to north London - would be his first port of call, it now seems as though he could take a gamble on a virtually unknown entity.
Though Arslan is a highly-rated talent in the Bundesliga he limited experience at the highest level, and if Wenger were to purchase him there would certainly be work to be done on his all-round game.
That being said he is a far cheaper alternative than most of the other names of Arsenal’s supposed short-list, and with wage demands of a poultry £40,000-a-week his arrival wouldn’t mean that Wenger’s funds were scrutinised.
According to the report in question the Gunners have already sounded out representatives of the 24-year-old, and it now remains to be seen whether or not he’ll be convinced by Hamburg to pen to paper on a new contract before the end of the season.