Gunners 'locked' in £13.5m Bundesliga striker battle - reports

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Arsenal face competition from Everton in the race to sign Freiburg striker Papiss Demba Cisse, according to reports.

The Senegalese international striker has been linked with a handful of clubs in England this summer, with SUnderland, Fulham, Blackburn Rovers and the Toffees all thought to be keen on the 26-year-old.

TalkSPORT claims Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has also shown an interest in the player, who has scored 34 goals in 53 appearances for the German side since joining from Metz in 2010.

The report goes on to claim the Gunners are looking to strengthen their attacking options, particularly in the wide areas at the Emirates, following the departure of Samir Nasri, with Cisse one of a handful of options for Arsenal.

"We have received three concrete offers for the services of Papiss Demba Cisse," Freiburg chairman Fritz Keller told Deutsche Presseagentur.

"All three are from clubs in foreign leagues. We are going to consider these offers calmly, but this doesn't necessarily mean we are definitely going to sell him."

The player himself is quoted as saying: “I have a contract with Freiburg but I want to play at the highest level. The Premier League is a big league and I want to leave.”


Arsenal have the lure of Champions League football should they wish to pursue the African, after securing qualification to the group stages and an additional £25 million in revenue after victory against Udinese on Wednesday.

It's unclear as to whether Wenger will get the opportunity to invest it all in player additions at Arsenal, but the Frenchman has already stressed the need to strengthen the midfield in north London, with a defender and striker additional needs for the stretched Gunners.

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