While the recent January transfer window may have been the dampest of squibs, with all due respect to new arrival Denis Suarez, Arsenal are already looking ahead to the summer window opening, lack of funds or not.
It has been widely reported in recent days that Unai Emery will only be afforded a budget of £40-£45 million this summer, with any further funds only available through player sales.
Whether this is accurate or not remains to be seen, but regardless it hasn’t prevented the Gunners from being linked with German international centre-half Matthias Ginter.
The Monchengladbach defender is also being targeted by Spurs, according to Sky Sports, with our North London rivals looking for potential long term replacements for Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.
Given Arsenal’s current defensive woes it is unsurprising Emery is already looking at bolstering his backline in the summer. Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin are already long term absentees while question marks remain over Laurent Koscielny’s reliability and rumours are rife that Shkodran Mustafi will be transfer listed at the end of the season, with the former Valencia man enduring another under par campaign in North London.
Having conceded 36 goals this term, the Gunners are currently in possession of the top six’s worst defensive record and Ginter could be the man (or one of the men) to help rectify these shortcomings ahead of next season.
Arsenal are among a number of clubs monitoring Borussia Monchengladbach centre-back Matthias Ginter. [Sky] pic.twitter.com/hJ212nrncv
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Ginter was part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup Winning squad, although he didn’t play a single minute of football during the tournament. He has won 23 caps for his country and won a silver medal during the 2016 Olympic football tournament.
The 25-year-old has been at Monchengladbach since 2017, arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal reportedly worth around 17 million euros. He has made 54 appearances for the Bundesliga giants, scoring six times.
A transfer fee has not been mentioned as of yet, although it is likely to be considerably higher than the 17 million euros Monchengladbach parted with for Ginter two years ago.
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(h/t sky sports)