GT EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal in talks for German defensive duo

I’m not a big fan of exclusives but even I need one once a
year. So here we go. Arsenal are back in the German market!

I know what you’re thinking. They are in every
market at the moment and I’m probably the most critical transfer follower of
all time. But this one is for real.

As Gunners Town have been informed Arsenal are
in for Matthias Ginter from Freiburg. The German international has been linked
with the Gunners at the end of the season but the link has cooled down since
then. But with Thomas Vermaelen out for longer than expected and with Laurent
Koscielny recently being injured in Asia, Arsenal need to act swiftly.

The Ginter contact was first made at the end of
the season. At this time around he was looked at as a good prospect to
strengthen our defence. A lot players hadn’t been shipped out back then so
Arsenal were in no hurry to strike a deal. But with players going out and the
Vermaelen injury the situation has changed. The Ginter deal was back on when
Freiburg and Arsenal worked out the loan deal for Francis Coquelin. Negotiations
went on since then and a deal for the 19-year-old seems to be imminent.

Arsenal are supposed to pay a fee around £5m for
Ginter’s service. His current contract with Freiburg expires in summer 2015.
The fee may also depend on a future transfer fee option for Coquelin which
could be negotiated as part of the deal as well. A decision hasn’t been made on
that case yet. Freiburg made it clear that they won’t hamper the deal as the
chance to join Arsenal is too good for Ginter to reject.

So here’s what you need to know about Matthias
Ginter:

Date of birth: 19.01.1994

Age: 19

Hight: 1,88

Nationality: German

Position: Defender

Right footed

Ginter would fit in nicely as every German signing has so
far. Ginter is a central defender. The 19-year-old was in Freiburg’s starting
XI 23 times last season without being taken off once. He scored two goals and
has an 86.5% pass completion rate with 56.5% defence battles won.

He can also be shifted into midfield doing the defensive
work. As I reported about Ginter a few months ago, I thought we had other
priorities to focus on. I still think we need to get our stuff done today
better than tomorrow. But with the typical “two month max” injury we
need to act on the defensive front as well. I have no doubt that Ginter would
make his mark in the Premier League. He’s not a starter but as a back-up for Per
Mertesacker and KOZ he’s good enough if he’s provided with tutoring from high
profile defenders.

That’s it so far. We expect a deal to be done soon as both
parties are working on the final details. Please check the Doppelpass section
or Germangunners blog for further updates.

As
well as the Ginter deal, Gunners Town have also been informed that Arsenal are
also working on a deal for German international Serdar Tasci in case the Ginter
deal can’t be finalised.

The
26-year-old Stuttgart skipper has a market value of £8m but I guess a bid
of around £5m-£6m would secure his service. Tasci’s contract expires next
summer which could lead to a cut price which we all know is Arsene Wenger’s preferred
kind of deal.

Tasci
was been on Arsenal’s radar a few years ago when he was in his
“prime”. He was part of the “new” German national team and
everyone thought he was the next big thing. But in recent years he hasn’t been
a part of Joachim Low’s plans. His last international appearance for Low’s team
was in 2010. In recent years he became skipper for Stuttgart.

Tasci
surely is good quality but not first-team material. As a back-up he would be a
perfect fit although I won’t rule out that he could get back to his best. He’s
definitely better than Johan Djourou, so we would be strengthening.

I
would prefer Ginter as he has a lot potential and is close to international
level. As long as we get one of them we could concentrate on other team
sections.

Cheers,

Chris Mader 


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3 Responses to GT EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal in talks for German defensive duo

  1. Fiddy July 31, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    GT, you better be right. I know you got Higuain wrong, but you being German and all, I trust this one.

  2. Kevin Mayers July 31, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Brilliant news Chris. I’d been waiting (hoping) on Ginter since the initial interest a while ago. It had appeared to have cooled as you say but it’s great that somebody like yourself has an idea of what’s going on. He’d be a useful player to have due to his flexibility – which is always needed.
    Thanks for this!

  3. HirooNakamura August 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    haha you liar! don’t make up stories.

    Freiburg have officially called you out for this bullshit

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