Arsenal eyeing up moves for two young centre-backs

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The majority of transfer targets Arsenal have been linked with so far this summer have been strikers but Arsene Wenger remains keen not to neglect his defence with the season less than a month away.

Per Mertesacker isn't getting younger and Gabriel Paulista has failed to entirely convince since making his move from Villareal in January 2015, meaning Arsenal remain heavily dependent on the form and fitness of Laurent Koscielny to lead their defence for another year.

Therefore, it's no surprise to see Wenger has identified two centre-backs he would like to bring to the Emirates before the upcoming campaign kicks off.

According to The Sun, Manchester City's Jason Denayer and Borussia Dortmund's Matthias Ginter top the Arsenal manager's hit list of targets to approach.

This isn't the first time Wenger has registered his interested in Denayer and the same report in The Sun claim one Man City source told the tabloid an offer for the Belgian international was made in 2015.

The unnamed source said: “Denayer signed a new contract last summer. He is rated at about £15m at the club and is on around £25,000-a-week.

“Arsenal have been interested before just over a year ago but only bid £5m. There was no follow-up offer at the time, but Wenger is a fan.”

Denayer has struggled to breakthrough into the first team setup at the Etihad and has spent the last two seasons on loan at Celtic and Galatasaray respectively.

However, the appointment of a new manager can give outcasts at any club a fresh start and Pep Guardiola's arrival could prompt a bigger role for the 21-year-old.

Vincent Kompany's continued battle with injuries plagued his 2015/16 campaign and although City remain keen to pursue John Stones, it is unlikely Guardiola will leave himself short of numbers in defence with Martin Demichelis also released in June.

The new City boss is reportedly interested in bringing Arsenal's Hector Bellerin to the Etihad so could use Denayer as a potential bargaining tool in any deal.

Meanwhile, Ginter has already represented Germany on nine occasions and his club Dortmund are reportedly open to hearing offers for the 22-year-old they signed from Freiburg for £8.5 million two years ago.

Ginter was an unused member of Joachim Low's World Cup-winning squad in 2014 and can also play as a full-back so could provide cover should the Gunners fail to keep hold of Bellerin this summer.

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