World-cup winning midfielder emerged as shock transfer target for Arsenal

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Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on Mario Gotze’s situation at Borussia Dortmund ahead of a potential summer move for the attacker in the upcoming summer transfer window.

The 26-year-old has found back of the net seven times and provided seven assists in 26 Bundesliga games for Dortmund during the 2018-19 season.

The 63-time Germany international will see his current deal with BVB expire next June, though, and could, therefore, be available for cut-price deal in the summer.

According to Bild, the Gunners are keeping a close eye on developments, with the North London club prepared to meet Gotze’s wage demands to bring him at the North London club.

The versatile midfielder, who has managed to score the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, has made a return to Signal Iduna Park in 2016 following a failed spell with Bayern Munich.

Meanwhile, Chelsea long-term target and Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas is being pursued by their direct Premier League rivals Arsenal.

It has been reported by Il Messaggero that the Gunners are prepared to fork out the defender’s £31.5m release clause in an attempt to strengthen their defensive options.

The Greece international defender has been with Serie A giants AS Roma for the majority of his football career, having signed for free from the Olympiacos back in 2014. He is highly-rated in with his defensive abilities. but, he has so far decided to remain in the Italian top-tier.

The player has yet to secure any major trophies with AS Roma, so may look to make a move away to add some other titles.