A report in the German media has suggested that Arsenal will be trying their best to snag Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes for £9 million once this season comes to an end.
The Gunners have been trying to get the German international on their team for quite some time now and have already been rejected once last summer.
However, German newspaper Sportbild has claimed that Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger is not ready to give up on the player as he will make another attempt to get the defender on board before next season begins.
The 27-year-old centre-back was an integral part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning team after being one of only three players to play every minute of every game in the tournament. If he agrees to move to the Emirates, he can link up with his international teammates Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil.
Howedes himself has displayed a keen interest in moving to the Premier League, saying that he was ‘excited’ about the possibility.
The player had previously said, “A move abroad excites me. England would for sure be an interesting destination.”
“Currently I am with Schalke. There are no deals sorted. But of course, for a footballer there are some clubs that are more interesting than others.”
The end of this season is the ideal opportunity for Wenger to make an offer for the defender as he will only have one year left on his current contract, which has a release clause of £9 million.