Arsenal are leading Manchester United for the signature of highly rated Freiburg defender Matthias Ginter, according to reports in the Mirror.
The 20 year old has played in every one of Freiburg’s Bundesliga matches this season and his mature performances have caught the eye of Europe’s top clubs.
The report states that Gunners manager Arsene Wenger sent chief scout Steve Rowley to watch the defender in action during his side’s 4-1 win against Eintracht Frankfurtin on Sunday. The defender has already made 25 starts this season in the Bundesliga and made his full debut for Germany against Chile in a recent friendly.
Thomas Vermaelen is likely to leave the Emirates at the end of the season after struggling to break up the partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. With the Belgian set to leave, Wenger has turned his sights on the youngster to provide support and also take over from Mertesacker when the German decides to hang his boots in the near future.
Manchester United are also interested but Ginter may prefer to join Arsenal because of the Gunners’German contingent and the fact the north London outfit will almost certainly be competing in the Champions League next season, unlike David Moyes’s side who, incidentally, have no German players in their squad.
Ginter will be an ideal signing for Arsenal, as his style of football fits in perfectly with Arsenal’s style of play. The ability to develop players is one of Arsene Wenger’s proven strengths as a manager and he almost be a perfect fit to the Arsenal jigsaw. At around £8 million, he would be a really smart investment for Arsenal.
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