Arsenal have moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign Freiburg defender Matthias Ginter, according to reports in Daily Mirror.
The 20 year old is among the best defensive prospects to come out of Germany in recent years and is being tipped to go to the World Cup this year.
The report suggests Arsene Wenger sent the Gunners’ chief scout Steve Rowley to watch the recently capped German international in the Bundesliga this weekend. Wenger is believed to have been tracking the 6 ft 3 in defender for a number of months, and is now stepping up his interest ahead of a potential summer move.
The Gunners are bracing themselves for the departure of Thomas Vermaelen in the summer, who has failed to book a starting place for himself in the squad, ahead of the likes of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
Manchester United have also been linked with a move, but Wenger has good relations with Freiburg and considers the Gunners favourites for his signature for a fee in the region of £8 million.
The German has loads of potential as an up and coming big league midfielder, and his play defensively is what has caught the eye of many. He offers a great deal of versatility being able to operate in either the centre of defence or as a holding midfielder.
His change of pace and overall versatility sets him apart from your average defensive midfielder, he’s also a physical player and possesses the size to give opposing play-makers trouble. He also has the ability to play intricate passes and make a technical impact on the team-attributes.
He is an ideal signing for Arsenal and his style of football fits in perfectly with the Gunners style of play. He will add the aggression needed for a role in the spine of the team, something Arsenal have been accused of lacking since the days of Patrick Vieira and Tony Adams.
Despite being just 20, he has to be considered one of the hottest properties in Europe who is sure to develop into a world class player under the stewardship of Arsene Wenger. He is a bargain at that price and I would be a little surprised if Wenger doesn’t go for him.
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