Arsenal eye Champions League dazzling defensive recruit

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Highly rated Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos is being courted by Arsenal according to the Metro.

The 19-year-old centre half has attracted the attention of a number of potential suitors after a series of dazzling displays in this season's Champions League.

But it is Arsene Wenger who is alleged to have made the clearest indication of his plans to make a summer approach for the Greece under-21 captain, to try and bring him to the Emirates.

The Gunners have been linked with a number of defenders in recent months as Wenger looks to add more strength and depth to a renowned problem position for Arsenal.


Hotly tipped to make a move for Bolton Wanderers' Gary Cahill, the Arsenal chief now looks to have turned his attention to other options after being priced out of a move for the newly capped England international.

Papadopoulos himself is no stranger to the big stage both domestically and internationally, having made his debut in the top-tier of Greek football for Olympiakos aged just fifteen.

With four years left on his current Schalke deal, Papadopoulos will not be in any rush to move on, unless the Bundesliga outfit opts to sell to Arsenal in a bid to recoup some money to tackle the rising debts known to be plaguing the club.

Valued at around £3.7million, the promising youngster would fit more appropriately into the transfer chest available to Arsene Wenger, so there is nothing to prevent him from linking up with Arsenal.

Set to start in tonight's Champions League quarter final, second-leg tie against Inter Milan, Papadopoulos will be watched intensely by Gunners scouts, to see how he copes on Europe's biggest stage.

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