Arsenal plan to scupper Manchester United’s move for Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, according to Kicker.
Unai Emery has been shaping a squad since he became Arsene Wenger’s successor at the end of last season.
The Spaniard has brought in five new faces, including right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner and defender Sokratis.
Bernd Leno is expected to snatch the number one goalkeeper slot from Petr Cech, while Lucas Torreira has been bought to bolster the midfield and Matteo Guendouzi is one for the future.
Now, according to Kicker, the Gunners want to ruin United’s pursuit for a centre-back by making a move for Boateng.
The Germany World Cup winner has been with the Bavarians since 2011, but is believed to be available for around £44m.
The club’s defence was their downfall last season, particularly during the latter stages of the campaign.
Shkodran Mustafi came under intense scrutiny after making some careless mistakes at the back.
Laurent Koscielny also made a few errors, but he was struck down with a serious injury, which will keep him out of action until the winter.
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Emery could do with a new centre-back, as well as a statement signing, and Boateng would provide that.
The defender may be approaching 30, but he still has plenty to offer a top club.
On top of having the ability and leadership qualities, Boateng also has a winning mentality and can cope under pressure.
The 29-year-old has won 14 trophies at Bayern, including an impressive six Bundesliga titles.