Gunners must pay double for World Cup stopper

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Arsenal must pay £4 million to sign Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, according to reports.

The 37-year-old stopper has been on the radar at the Emirates for months, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger keen to bring in a new stopper ahead of another Premier League title challenge.

Wenger reportedly made a £2 million bid for the Fulham keeper at the start of the summer transfer window, but the Cottagers fended the move off while still under the guidance of Roy Hodgson.

His departure to Liverpool has left some uncertain times in west London, but the hierarchy at the club have placed an increased value on the stopper to either ward off interest or cash in on the veteran, depending on Arsenal's next move. The Sun reports that this figure is £4 million.

The current No.1 in north London, Manuel Almunia, is being linked with a move to Spanish side Atletico Madrid and his future at the Emirates will surely hang on a decision with regards to Schwarzer.

The former Middlesbrough keeper was in fine form for Australia at the World Cup, producing some impressive individual displays despite the Socceroos going out in the first stage.

Should Fulham lose Mark Schwarzer, Portsmouth and England keeper David James is being touted as potential replacement at the manager-less club.

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