Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is weighing up his options ahead of the summer transfer window - with Christoph Kramer and Lars Bender his two top targets.
According to the Daily Mail, defensive midfield is the key area for Wenger this summer and the Arsenal manager has several names in mind.
Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin remains an option for the Gunners, but Germany midfielder Kramer is now the number one target.
The 24-year-old World Cup winner only recently extended his contract at Bayer Leverkusen which means Arsenal would have to pay big money to convince the Bundesliga side to sell.
Kramer has been out on loan twice, first to Vfl Bochum and now to Borussia Monchengladbach, although Leverkusen have announced that they plan to include him in their squad next season.
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If Kramer returns that could mean that Leverkusen would be willing to listen to offers for his teammate Bender. The £15m-rated midfielder is also a Germany international and has long been linked with the Gunners.
Kramer has been valued at around £20m while Southampton are thought to be holding out for around £25m for French international Schneiderlin.
Whatever Wenger decides to do, it’s positive that he’s finally decided that defensive midfield is the key place to strengthen this summer.
Arsenal were shambolic in their 3-1 home defeat to Monaco in the Champions League last night, the latest example of the team failing to perform on the big stage.
Francis Coquelin has been a surprise success story this season and is committed to the club, which is a big positive, but it now looks time to move the likes of Mikel Arteta on.
The Spaniard does not have the legs or the ability to play central midfield for Arsenal if the club expects to be challenging for the top trophies.