Arsenal face £5.5m Newcastle fight over Dragovic

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Newcastle United have joined Arsenal in the race to sign highly-rated Austrian international defender Aleksandar Dragovic.

The 21-year-old FC Basel centre back is also on the radar of Stuttgart, Fiorentina and Inter Milan, according to talkSPORT, with a £5.5 million valuation placed on the player’s head.

The same publication claimed on Monday that Arsenal were considering Dragovic’s availability, with Arsene Wenger looking to add depth to his defence at the Emirates Stadium following the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.

Thomas Vermaelen, Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are in competition for two Gunners starting spots at this time, but a new addition would add some welcome competition in north London.

Alan Pardew will be considering a move for the former Austria Vienna starlet for a number of reasons, with the Magpies chief looking to add young players as he builds for the future at St. James’ Park.

The Newcastle United boss has a similar problem to Wenger, with Fabricio Coloccini, Mike WIlliamson and Steven Taylor the only experienced centre backs on the Toon books.

Having featured twice against Manchester United in the Champions League, the youngster has already shown his credentials on the European stage, something that will appeal to both Premier League clubs.

Arsenal continue their campaign on Europe’s top table with a clash against Olympiacos tonight (Wednesday), whilst Newcastle United will play Bordeaux in the Europa League tomorrow (Thursday).

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