Arsenal are busy splashing the cash at the moment and German midfielder Lars Bender could be the next arrival at the Emirates Stadium, according to the Metro.
Last summer's arrival of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid appears to have started a new era of heavy spending in North London. Arsene Wenger has already started the summer by landing Alexis Sanchez from Madrid's El Clasico rivals Barcelona for around £32 million.
Arsene Wenger is not ready to stop with just Sanchez either, the experienced coach is keen on firming up his midfield - Sami Khedira has been linked with a move to London, but Bender is emerging as the more suitable candidate.
The Bayer Leverkusen man has attracted attention from the Gunners in the past; only last year they had a £19 million bid rejected for the defensive midfielder who starred in the Champions League this season.
Bender was expected to play a part in Germany's World Cup squad after being named in the provisional squad, however the 25-year-old was forced to withdraw from their training camp due to injury.
Nevertheless, Wenger is still keen to recruit the 17-cap international for the FA Cup winners who will be hoping to challenge for Premier League glory this term.
Khedira or Bender?
It could come down to a straight fight between German pair Khedira and Bender as to who will be the new anchor of Arsenal's midfield. However, the Gunners are facing a London fight for Real Madrid star Khedira - who is preparing for the final in Brazil - with Chelsea hoping to outbid their rivals.
The cost of the tussle could be too much for Wenger to commit to, and as the younger player, Bender could be seen as the better option.
It's been a summer of big deals thus far, Arsenal are looking to keep pace with title rivals Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool who have started their shopping early.
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