Arsenal have found competition in Chelsea for German youngster Matthias Ginter. The Freiburg defender was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal over the summer but a move never materialised, however the Gunners still retain a firm interest.
The Blues have also been watching the German U21 international and have now expressed their interest in him.
Ginter rose to prominence last season after breaking in to the first team with a string of commanding performances in the backline.
Arsene Wenger is hoping to seal a deal for the 19-year old in the coming months with the club short of central defenders. The Frenchman hopes to sign Ginter with the view of him breaking in to the first team in the future. The defender is currently first choice at Freiburg and although both Chelsea and Arsenal would represent a significant rise in quality, regular football may persuade him to remain in the Bundesliga.
Wenger is also confident that his growing German contingent can be a factor in Ginter’s transfer with Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski in the first team as well as new signing Mesut Özil while Gedion Zelalem, Serge Gnabry and Thomas Eisfeld ply their trade in the club’s youth teams. Links with Borussia Dortmund duo Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan would offer a lot of German talent at the club. Le Prof’s reputation at developing young players may give Arsenal the edge over Chelsea.
The transfer window re-opens in four months which gives scouts a long time to view his progress and to decide whether a bid should be made for the youngster.