Arsenal return for long time target Lars Bender. [Picture: Ina Fassbender/REUTERS]
Fresh news coming out of Germany insists Arsenal have reportedly revived their interest in Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender.
This report is according to the Sun who claims Arsene Wenger is lining up an £18million bid for the German midfielder this summer.
Arsenal where previously keen on signing Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin, but the French midfielder looks increasingly likely to join one of Chelsea or Manchester United, so the Gunners may take a punt on Bender.
The Bundesliga star would be a cheaper alternative to Schneiderlin and Geoffrey Kondogbia, and would add some depth to Wenger’s midfield options ahead of next season.
Bender has been a long time target for Wenger, with the Gunner’s boss reportedly failing to land the midfield enforcer’s signature in the last couple of transfer windows.
In January, Germany and Liverpool star Dietmar Hamman urged Arsenal to return for the midfielder to solve the Gunner’s defensive midfield woes.
“Arsenal are a fantastic team, with some of the most exciting attacking players in the Premier League” Hamman said, per the Mirror
“For me, Arsenal would be much better served, going for one of the Bender brothers, especially Lars.”
“Either one of those boys would give Wenger something he hasn’t got in midfield. Someone who can read the game, is naturally defensive minded and who will thrive operating in front of the back four, making sure Arsenal don’t’ get exposed.”