Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern this afternoon have reserved a bottle of our most expensive bubbly, as they anticipate hefty celebrations amid reports of a sensational double-deal.
Bender is a long-term target for Arsene Wenger’s side and the Gunners have had their hopes of a deal bolstered by Borussia Leverkusen’s chairman, as Michael Schade hinted at a sale.
“Bayer Leverkusen can’t be as arrogant to say that we are creating world stars and they will retire here. If we are able to create a world star or top player, then one day this player wants to play for one of the top [clubs in the world], of course.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s pursuit of Borussia Monchengladbach star Granit Xhaka has also received a boost as the German club seem to be resigned to losing the Swiss international.
Any deals for the Bundesliga duo will be more likely to take place at the end of the current campaign, when Arsenal will be looking for midfielders as the contracts of Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are all due to expire.
Our landlord believes either of these signings would be a massive achievement but by capturing both, Wenger will have a side capable of fighting for Europe’s biggest honours.
Arsenal fans, can you land these incredible signings? Let us know in the comments below!