The German media appears convinced they have found the solution to Arsenal’s long-standing defensive frailties, with web publication fussballtransfers.com revealing today that Arsene Wenger will bid for Werder Bremen’s defensive stalwart, Per Mertesacker, in the summer.
The centre back will be joined by Juventus’ defensive midfielder, Felipe Melo, and Fulham goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer, in a triple transfer swoop estimated to be in the region of £50m.
Despite Mertesacker assuring his manager at the start of the season that he was not looking for a move, it is widely believed that the defender was only persuaded to stay at Werder Bremen this year after they scraped through to the Champions League.
However, the defender is said to be one of those players whose future is a “constant worry” for fans, and with the German side now out of Europe’s elite competition, with only a slim hope of achieving Europa League qualification, and being way off the pace in the German Bundesliga, it looks as though Mertesacker will, indeed, be heading for pastures new.
Yet Bremen manager Klaus Allofs is not the only manager desperate to keep hold of his star man. Such extravagance in the transfer market as is being proposed is not normally Arsene Wenger’s way, and the Arsenal manager may well feel under pressure to “buy big” in an attempt to convince his captain, Cesc Fabregas, to stay.
The Spaniard almost made the move back to Barcelona over the summer, and a positive display of real ambition may be essential in tying the midfielder to Arsenal for the long term, and they cannot hope to win the league without him.
However, if Fabregas were to leave the club at the end of the season, Wenger’s proposed transfer kitty of £50m could double, or even triple in size, making any move for Mertesacker, Melo or Schwarzer a mere drop in the ocean.
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