The Swiss international has become an integral member of the Basel first XI in recent seasons with his performances in the Europa League and the Champions League over the past two seasons catching the eye of a number of clubs across the continent.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with the defender in recent time and it now appears that have made the Swiss back one of their primary targets.
The 21 year old’s agent Dimitrios Papadopoulos has confirmed that there has been contact from the Gunners over the availability of his client.
According to The Mirror, he said:
Arsenal? I can confirm we have had contact with English clubs who want to sign him.
There is also interest from Italian and German clubs, but we have more contact from England.
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He is happy at Basle, where there is a great atmosphere within the club.
Arsene Wenger is said to be considering his defensive options with the January transfer window coming up but Basel are far from willing to let their man leave. They may however, be forced to do so after missing out of the financial gain of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League.
He will be available for around £6 million which could be a bargain considering that the youngster is already considered an important player for both club and country and he played a role in helping Switzerland reach the 2014 World Cup by scoring 3 goals in as many matches during the qualifying campaign. He has made a total of 63 competitive appearances for the Swiss giants and managed to score 13 goals in the process.
He has a huge sense of maturity and leadership in his play and also has an excellent goal-scoring record for a defender. He stands at 6 ft 2 in and is a very elegant footballer, who likes to play out from the back and is not afraid to get stuck into challenges. His greatest strengths are composure at the back and on the ball, awareness and dominance in the air. He is a fine example of a modern defender.
With the future of Vermaelen and Sagna up in the air, a move for him makes perfect sense and with so many attributes to his game, the Swiss youngster is definitely one to look out for in years to come.
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