Arsenal are preparing a move for Freiburg midfielder Matthias Ginter. The Mirror believes the 19-year-old has been scouted by the Gunners for several months now and that the north London side have informed the German club of their interest in the youngster.
It is believed Ginter will cost Arsenal £5m. The teen enjoyed a strong 2012/13 Bundesliga season, with 24 starts in all competitions and a series of fine performances to boost the club to fifth place and a shot at the UEFA Europa League next season.
Ginter can reportedly operate either as a central midfielder or in a more withdrawn role and will be expected to partner the more experienced Mikel Arteta in the centre of the pitch. That should provide Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky, and Arteta as well, freedom to push forward and dictate the game.
The Gunners will have to fight to land their target though. Sky Sports believes Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund, Premier League champions Manchester United and Liverpool are also tracking Ginter.
The Bundesliga club's manager, Christian Streich, has rubbished reports linking his young star with a summer exit. He declared Ginter was content to remain with the club and had no plans to leave.
"There is no doubt he will be staying on. Matthias (Ginter) has a contract with our club. A long-term one. In addition, he is also of the same opinion. He is having the good sense to agree to this. We are definitely not letting anyone else make our very own decisions," Streich stressed.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have been boosted by confirmation that Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky will remain at the club. The 32-year-old playmaker was reportedly attracting attention from clubs in the Middle East and the US' Major League Soccer (MLS).
"I have spoken to Arsene Wenger and he showed total confidence in me. He said he wants me to stay and it was important that I had that because I want to stay. In football, you can never say anything for certain. But I am only thinking about working with Arsenal next season," the international explained.