Arsenal are reportedly lining up a January bid for Feyenoord defender Bruno Martins Indi, according to reports in Daily Mail.
The 21-year-old was linked with a transfer to Everton at the end of the summer window, but he ended up staying at Feyenoord as a move failed to materialise. However the Goodison park side remain keen on signing the player, meaning the two clubs could be set for a January bidding war.
It is thought that a deal around the £8 million mark would be enough to tempt Feyenoord into selling the versatile defender who can play through the middle or out on the left.
Former Arsenal full back and current Feyenoord manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has admitted that they will be powerless at stopping Indi from making a move to a top European club. He said:
He is very good and strong. It is not for anything he’s a first-choice here and with the Dutch national team. He will make the move to a foreign club in the long term.
When the time comes and he wants to leave, he will leave the club. We are very happy with him, but we know we cannot compete with the top European clubs.
The Dutchman is contracted to the Eredivisie outfit until 2016 and has been at Feyenoord for his whole career to date. He made his debut for the Dutch giants in August 2010 and has made 78 appearances in total for the club in all competitions going into this season, scoring three goals in the process, all of which came in the league. He has 12 caps for the Dutch national team which is very encouraging considering his age.
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The defender is rated very highly and strength is arguably one of his best assets. He is predictably imperious in the air and boasts surprisingly polished technique and is quick enough to cover most strikers. He is very comfortable on the ball and despite being born in Portugal, he has been schooled in the Dutch philosophy. The typical Dutch emphasis on technique has transformed him in to an all round defender. His natural physical gifts have been augmented by a thorough technical education.
The Gunners were expected to sign a defender in the summer transfer window but failed to do so forcing Sagna to cover the centre back position at the start of the season. The team are a little thin in defence and if they want to continue their good form and put up a title challenge they need quality in depth, which is exactly what we will get from Martins.
Wenger may utilise his relationship with former Gunners star Giovanni to conclude the deal and if Arsenal really want him then it will be too hard to get him.
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