Arsenal have joined City, Tottenham and Newcastle in the pursuit of German International, Karim Bellarabi according to Mirror.
The 24 year old Bayern Leverkusen star, who is also chased by Liverpool and Manchester United, made his Germany debut in the 2 – 0 Euro 2016 Qualifier defeat to Poland and is set to be a regular with Joachim Loew’s side in the campaign due to his impressive form over the past season with his BundesLiga employers. Leverkusen are top of their pile in Group C having made an excellent start to their European sojourn this season, Bellarabi a vital component of Roger Schmdit’s side with the likes of Heung Min Son and Hakan Calhanoglu.
German players are among the most sought after players in Europe as their youth systems have become famous for breeding properly tutored football prospects. Arsenal already have a large contingent of Germans which include Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, Mesut Ozil and young Serge Gnabry. With sights set on others like Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels, Arsene will look to add more youthful quality to his team with the addition of Bellarabi.
The 6ft player has made 13 appearances for both club and country this season, scoring 4 goals and 2 assists, which includes one in a 2 – 0 victory away at Dortmund on the opening weekend of the BundesLiga season – not bad for a winger still cutting his teeth in the elite games.
Arsenal will face a fierce battle to win his signature as the likes of Manchester City have the financial muscle to rival any bids for Bellarabi. The transfer, like that of Ozil, may rely on what plans the manager has for the player and how he’ll be able to convince him of becoming a plan of a realistic future Arsenal project. The Gunners boss is in the process of molding something of a squad for the future which he hopes to leave as a parting gift to the club after eighteen years of meritorious service. Though the core is British, he has not departed from the idea of seasoning the broth with some spices from far and around.
A January bid may not be all too likely nor even appealing to Wenger as the player will not be eligible to represent us in the Champions League. Wenger may also wish to see the player play a full season at his current level so as to gauge his real status and ability. He would probably be in line to replace one German in the team if a winter transfer were possible, though that in itself appears to be fading away with that German being the reason we could still be in the Champions League come January.
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