Arsenal are giving serious consideration to a shock £4 million bid to sign Eintracht Frankfurt star Kevin Trapp, after having one of the Bundesliga's brightest young goalkeepers watched earlier this season.
Trapp was handed the captain's armband at Frankfurt at the start of the campaign and looked very impressive early on, before breaking his hand while on international duty with the German under-21 side.
Despite being sidelined for potentially the rest of the season the Daily Star believe Arsenal have seen enough to sanction a summer offer, but Liverpool and no fewer than six other clubs across the continent are ready to rivals the Gunners for his signature.
Caught in a Trapp
On the surface Arsenal look sufficiently stocked in between the posts, but Wenger is worried about a lack of quality competition for Wojciech Szczesny and with good reason.
Szczesny was supposed to be kept on his toes by Colombia stopper David Ospina this term, but he's been out injured virtually ever since signing for Arsenal with a recurring thigh problem that dates right the way back to his time at the World Cup.
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Plenty of interest from Italy
If it weren't for Trapp's spell on the sidelines he could be in with a genuine chance of earning a lucrative switch in January, with plenty of top European clubs monitoring his progress very closely.
Juventus, Fiorentina, Napoli, Inter Milan, Borussia Monchengladbach and Red Bull Leipzig have all been credited with considering a cut-price move for Trapp, who is a regular for his country at youth level and out of contract in 2016.
Frankfurt want to keep Trapp but could be reluctantly be forced to sell on the cheap next year if they can't get their young skipper to sign a new deal, which would allow Arsenal to steal in and add to their growing German contingent ahead of Liverpool in 2015.