£6m Arsenal defender target made available

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Arsenal defender target Per Mertesacker has been made available for transfer by Werder Bremen.

The German international centre back has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in the past, with Arsene Wenger known to be in the market for a position at Arsenal.

Whilst Phil Jagielka, Gary Cahill and Chris Samba appeared more likely to join the Gunners this summer, the comments by Bremen general manager Klaus Allofs could spark Wenger into action over a player the Frenchman is known to admire.

"We are willing to discuss a transfer for Per," Allofs is quoted as saying in The People.

"We have promised him we will listen to serious offers."

With only one year left on his current contract in the Bundesliga, Sky Sports claims Arsenal could be able to land the player for a fee in the region of £6 million.

Such a figure would represent a much cheaper and desirable alternative for Wenger, with Arsenal quoted in the region of £20 million for the aforementioned England internationals.

With the opening day of the Barclays Premier League season only six days away, the Arsenal boss will have to move quickly as he searches for a new centre back partner for Thomas Vermaelen, with Mertesacker now a viable option for the Gunners.

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