Arsenal boosted in race for defender

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Arsenal have been given a boost in the race to sign Simon Kjaer with news that the player has a minimum fee release clause in his contract.

The Palermo defender is wanted by a handful of top clubs across Europe, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger the latest manager to be linked with the 21-year-old.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have all previously taken an interest in the defender, who is also being courted by Italian sides Juventus and Inter Milan.

Were every club to meet the £10.3 million minimum fee release clause, Kjaer would be able to choose his future destination as the Rosanero have their hands tied due to the aforementioned clause.

“Everyone knows Kjaer's situation well. The clause has tied our hands together, we tried to increase it, or get rid of it altogether, but his agent rejected it," said sporting director Walter Sabatini.

"A sale depends on the player. If he accepts a top club offer then he will go. Or, if he wants, he can stay with Palermo another season to continue his development."

With the cream of europe queuing up for a move, the Danish international would be hard pushed to turn down a lucrative deal elsewhere, and a lack of Champions League football at Stadio Renzo Barbera could also be a factor in Kjaer's decision.

The former FC Midtjylland moved to Palermo in 2008 for €4 million, making over 50 league appearances for the club since the move. He already has 8 international caps to his name, and is tipped to have a great future with the Denmark national side.

Wenger has only recently joined the battle to land this prospect, but a reported transfer war chest coupled with the acquisition of Marouane Chamakh suggests that the Frenchman is ready to make some serious moves this summer ahead of a title challenge next season.

A move for Kjaer could be in the offing when the transfer window re-opens in June.

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