Arsenal are set to continue their pursuit of Werder Bremen defender Per Mertesacker.
The German international has impressed in the nation's World Cup run, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready to step-up his interest come the end of the World Cup.
Mertesacker started his career at Hannover 96, graduating from the youth team to make his senior debut as a teenager in 2003.
After three solid seasons at Die Roten, Werder paid €5 million to secure the giant centre back's services at the Weserstadion.
An ever present since signing for the club, Mertesacker's stock has risen with continuous fine performances in both the Bundesliga and Champions League.
International recognition has also come to the 25-year-old, who has 66 caps to his name thus far. Influential in South Africa, the linchpin will have an important role to play in the semi-final against Spain.
Despite recent agent comments suggesting the player does not wish to leave his homeland, Wenger is being linked with a move in excess of £10 million as he looks to build a defence capable of sustaining a title challenge.
With money to spend and L’Orient’s Laurent Koseielny thought to be on the verge of signing, it's clear that the north London club mean business this summer ahead of the new Premier League season.