According to the Express, Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger has rejected speculation liking him to Chelsea and has said that he would much rather make a move to the Emirates.
The 21-year-old is a highly rated centre-back, and has attracted the attention of several top European clubs after breaking into the first team at Stuttgart. On the radar of several big clubs, the player himself spoke about the transfer speculation.
I have always dreamed of the Premier League.
I have been following Arsenal since the days of Henry and Bergkamp.
I watch videos of Arsenal all the time on YouTube and I often wear the current Alexis Sanchez shirt. My heart beats for Arsenal.
The defender is said to be valued at £7 million, which would put him within Arsenal’s January budget. The player seems ready to make the move; now all that remains to be seen is whether Wenger will purchase the youngster.
Arsenal are also being linked to youth goalkeeper Mile Svilar, who is also on the radar of Premier League rivals like Manchester United and Chelsea. The 15 year old youth goalkeeper is highly rated by coaches, and was a part of the Anderlecht youth team that prevailed over Arsenal.
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Metro have stated that Chelsea are very interested in the keeper, who is said to resemble compatriot and current Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois. Arsenal are also very keen, with Wenger having a look while he was in Brussels for the Champions League game.
The Gunners want Svilar to join their Under-18 team in the New Year and are planning for the teenager to come to north London for a look around the club’s training complex ahead of a potential move to the Emirates Stadium. If successful in their pursuit, Svilar’s signature would represent a major coup for the Gunners.
Arsenal could do with reinforcement in the keeper department as Szczesny is the only truly quality player we have for that position.