Arsenal are hoping to rush through a £19million swoop for Bayer Leverkuson ace Lars Bender, as reported by Metro.
The German international has been the Arsenal fans’ choice to finally fill the defensive midfielder role that the Gunners have been seriously lacking in recent seasons.
And Arsene Wenger wants to speed up a move for the midfielder after it emerged Spanish giants Barcelona had joined the race for the highly rated star.
It is believed a £19million fee will be enough to prise Bender away from the Premier League, with Wenger hoping he can give the Emirates faithful the signing they’ve been calling for for some time now.
Wenger has come under heavy criticism for not adequately filling the defensive midfield spot, with moves for Alex Song and Morgan Schneiderlin falling through over the last two transfer windows.