Arsenal have set their transfer sights on German international midfielder Christoph Kramer - but will have to wait until the summer to stand a chance of completing the deal.
Arsene Wenger has been monitoring a number of players in the position, according to the Daily Mail, with Kramer, Morgan Schneiderlin and Ilkay Gundogan all highlighted as potential options.
The paper claims Kramer is the 'prime target' of all the options on the table, but he will cost the Gunners in the region of £30million. And, such an offer is no guarantee of the sale at the end of the current campaign.
23-year-old Kramer is currently plying his trade at Borussia Monchengladbach, on loan from parent club Bayer Leverkusen. He's set to go back there this summer at the conclusion of the current two-year spell under Lucien Favre.
During his time at Stadion im Borussia-Park, the midfielder has managed to force himself into international reckoning, appearing for the first time last year and getting the call-up for the World Cup. He started the final in place of the injured Sami Khedira.
His reward for this impressive rise has been a new contract with Leverkusen, which explains why the Bundesliga club will not be looking to sell one of their prized assets on transfer deadline day.
That's a blow for Arsenal, who despite their 5-0 win over Aston Villa today (Sunday) remain arguably light in the central position.
Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta have both had injury issues this season, whilst the emergence of Francis Coquelin if anything proves that the position has not been held down by anyone at the Emirates Stadium.
Kramer would be a perfect player to slot into the position for Wenger, but Arsenal will have to see out the remainder of the season with what they've got as they battle for a top four finish in the Premier League.
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