Arsenal are preparing a move to sign SC Freiburg young starlet Matthias Ginter at the end of the season, according to the Metro. The 19-year-old is considered as one of the brightest talent of German football and has been in impressive form for the Bundesliga side club, since making his way into the first team last year.
Ginter started his career in the heart of the defence and was later converted into a defensive midfielder by Christian Streich. The report suggests Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen to bring the German to the Emirates, who has made 19 appearances in the league this season.
The versatile player is under contract with Freiburg and his current deal with the German outfit runs down in 2015. The north London club has now contacted Freiburg to name their price as the Metro believes Ginter is valued to be around £6m.
It would be a hard task for Freiburg to hold on to the young starlet beyond this season, if the Gunners decide to make an approach at the end of the season. Ginter fits into Arsenal's transfer policy and should he make a switch to the Emirates, it is likely to strengthen the north London club's midfield. In addition to this he could also fill the void left by Alex Song, who moved to Barcelona last summer.
Monreal on RVP's Return to the Emirates
Meanwhile, Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal believes his side should not concentrate on Robin van Persie alone in their next league tie against the newly crowned champions, Manchester United. The Dutch international returns to the Emirates for the first time after making a switch to Old Trafford last summer.
"We must be on our guard and be aware of certain key players, like Robin, who has scored a sack of goals this year and is playing well. He is one of their main threats," Monreal told the club website.
"Teams like Manchester United don't just have gifted wingers, they have a squad with a lot of depth. Their players are of the highest level, you can't just focus on one playerbecause their team is full of players who can create and score," he added.