Werder Bremen are interested in signing Per Mertesacker should he fail to extend his contract with the Gunners this summer.
The centre-back, who is currently recovering from injury picked up in pre-season, is not expected back in action until later this year and his current deal expires in the summer.
Mertesacker who played for Werder Bremen for five years prior to his move to Arsenal has previously admitted he is unsure about his future at the club but hopes he can still play an important role this season.
Earlier this week we brought you news that another of Mertesacker’s former clubs, Hannover, are keen on the defender – although they are currently playing in the second tier of German football and may need promotion back to the Bundesliga to tempt him back.
Werder sporting director Frank Baumann has now told German newspaper Bild “he can see Per at Werder” and admits they have already discussed a move during negotiations that saw Serge Gnabry join the German club over the summer.
He added: “In the course of the transfer of Serge we talked about his future.”
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Mertesacker has certainly slipped down the pecking order since being sidelined through injury with new signing Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscieny currently looking to be Arsenal’s future at centre-back.
Much will depend, of course, on how Mertesacker manages to return to action following his long lay-off, but it seems he will certainly have no shortage of options if he does decide to leave the Emirates in the summer.