Arsenal are preparing a move for Borussia Monchengladbach defender Tony Jantschke amid interest from inter Milan, according to the Sunday Mirror.
Jantschke is among the best young defenders in the country and is being scouted by the German national team for a call-up to the ongoing qualifiers for the European Championship in 2016.
However, the Bundesliga club are unwilling to sell him in January and will only accept offers after the end of the season, something which may come too late for Arsene Wenger. The Gunners are in a shambles at the back, with injuries to Laurent Koscieleny and Mathieu Debuchy, forcing Nacho Monreal to move into centre-back, where he has been a complete liability.
The Gunners squandered a three-goal lead against Anderlecht in the Champions League in midweek which all but ended their hopes of finishing on top of their group. They followed it up with a 2-1 loss to Swansea on Sunday, having led the game through Alexis Sanchez.
Wenger has confirmed that he will buy a defender in January, but it may come too late for the north London club, who have all but conceded the title to Chelsea, who are currently 12 points ahead, with 27 games to go in the season. The Frenchman is all at sea regarding his team's problems and carried the blame forward to his midfielders for losing the midfield battle against Swansea and failing to protect the back four.
"It was a game where we were in control and at 1-0 up I felt we allowed them back into the game by losing some challenges in the middle of the park that you cannot afford to lose and on that front we were a little bit on the back foot," Wenger told www.Arsenal.com
"It's unfortunate to lose a game like that but we were not rigorous until the end. We produced quite a decent performance for 75 minutes but you have to last 90 minutes," he added.