The tuttomercato is reporting another Arsenal disappointment. According to them, Arsenal are set to miss out on one of their top summer transfer targets in the person of Bundesliga defender Matthias Ginter. The Freiburg centre-back has been a target for the Gunners for a while now, they narrowly missed out on him last summer and are widely expected to re-ignite their interest in him this summer especially since they might be loosing two key personnel in the defensive department; Bacary Sagna whose contract expires in the summer and till date, is yet to agree an extension and Thomas Vermaelen who could be interested in grazing another pasture elsewhere after seeing himself perpetually down in the pecking order behind the thriving partnership of reliable duo of Mertesacker and Koscielny.
To this end, a move for a defender should be a priority this summer and not just any defender should be considered but a versatile one and Ginter fits the bill. He is young, versatile as he could play centre-back, right back and defensive midfield. At just 20, he wouldn’t ruffle feathers if he is not a starter and be contended with roles in cup games and be ready to step into the first team in the absence of any of the first choice centre-backs.
It looks like Arsenal won’t be having a free road to the highly rated youngster as German giants Borussia Dortmund are also interested and according to the Express, they are close to agreeing a summer deal worth 10million Euros for him. They might be close but Arsenal still have a chance if they are really interested. Arsenal loaned one of their key youngsters Francis Coquelin to the German side last summer and could use the Frenchman as a bait to land Ginter. I believe a cash plus Coquelin offer would scuttle Dortmund’s offer.
Ginter has previously reiterated he was ready to make the big leap to a top club and I am quite sure Freiburg would be selling him to a foreign club rather than a domestic rival. All these point to the fact that Arsenal still stand a chance to land him but they must move fast before Klopp wraps up the deal.