Arsenal set to make approach for 23-year-old Bundesliga defender

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Mainz 05 defender Jean-Philippe Gbamin is back on Arsenal’s radar ahead of the summer transfer, according to the Express reports.

The North London club are rumoured to have missed out on securing the services of 23-year-old seven months ago when Emery took in charge at Emriates Stadium after the 21-year reign of Arsene Wenger.

Former Sevilla boss Unai Emery was unable to move for the Ivorian defender in January due to a lack of funds, however, the reports suggest that the Gunners are going to strengthen their defensive end ahead of the next season.

Gbamin is one of the best defenders in German and being targeted by the North London club, though the report indicates that his fee may prove a sticking point as Mainz have slapped a £40m price tag on ex-Lens man.

However, Gbamin has revealed that he is open to leave Mainz after the end of the season and that may force the German teams hand when it comes to negotiating with the North London club.

Speaking last summer, sporting director Rouven Schroeder claimed that an “extraordinary offer” was tabled for the 23-year-old star  – and knocked back.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are in pole position to secure services of in-demand defender Alex Grimaldo from Portuguese giants Benfica, according to the reports.

Grimaldo has also attracted rumoured interest from the likes of Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Napoli and Inter Milan in the recent months.

The 23-year-old defender came through the Catalans famed La Masia academy and has been a regular at the defensive end for Benfica since swapping teams in 2016.

With a transfer scramble expected for the former Under-21s side at the end of the current campaign, Mundo Deportivo claimed that the Gunners are the side currently favourites the way.