Arsenal are considering both Morgan Schneiderlin and Germany international Christoph Kramer as defensive midfield additions, but are not expecting to do any more business before the transfer window passes, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
The Gunners added Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Paulista to their ranks last week, with injuries having exposed a lack of depth at the heart to the Gunners’ backline this season.
However, there have been links with a number of holding midfielders this month as well, with Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho a player aligned with the Londoners.
But it appears that Schneiderlin and Kramer are the frontrunners, although Arsene Wenger is ready to wait until the end of the season for additions.
The latter remains the top target, but a new deal signed with Bayer Leverkusen – who are his parent club – seems to have ended any chance of a quick move for the current Borussia Monchengladbach man.
However, a £30m move in the summer is understood to be more realistic, but even then the Bundesliga club may elect to keep their star.
Schneiderlin is seen as more attainable, yet Arsenal would have to pay around £25m for the Southampton man and battle off bitter rivals Spurs – who are managed by his former Saints coach, Mauricio Pochettino.