Arsenal rival Tottenham in transfer fight for Fabian Schar

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Arsenal and Tottenham are preparing to go in battle to sign FC Basel centre-back Fabian Schar, reports the Sunday People.

The Gunners are ready to step up their interest in the classy Swiss defender after coach Neil Banfield was sent to Basel to scout him.

Banfield returned to the Emirates to deliver a gleaming report to Arsene Wenger, who has been tracking the defender since early November.

Tottenham are well in the mix as well, however, and are ready to rival Arsenal in their attempts to sign the £10m-rated star.

The director of football at White Hart Lane, Franco Baldini, was also in Basel to see Schar help his team to a famous win over Chelsea in the Champions League and he was impressed with Schar's cool and composed performance.

Spurs spent over £100m in transfers in the summer but defensive frailties are still glaringly obvious, with the 6-0 defeat to Manchester City confirming the need for reinforcements.

Arsenal, on the other hand, have been forced to use right-back Bacary Sagna in a central role several times this season and have only Thomas Vermaelen to back-up Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.

A move to the Premier League would be a remarkable turnaround for 21-year-old Schar, who just two years ago was ready to give up on his football career and took an internship at a Swiss bank.

It would no doubt take a sizeable cheque to convince Basel to cash in on their star man.

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