Arsenal want £40 million Bundesliga star to shore up defence

Arsenal are ready to renew their attempts to sign Jean-Philippe Gbamin after failing with a bid to land the £40m-rated Mainz o5 defender last summer, according to the Mirror.

The Ivorian defender is a versatile operator, who can slot in as a right-back, as well as a defensive midfielder, as he has done for most parts of this season for Mainz.

However, it's not going to be easy to get a deal agreed as Mainz refused to let the Ivory Coast global leave last summer and the newspaper says they'll demand around £40m for his signature this time around.

It could therefore be the case that the Ivory Coast worldwide drops back into a central defensive role, an area in which the North Londoners have notoriously struggled not just during the current campaign, but over the past five years or more.

Gbamin has featured for his German League in all but two Bundesliga matches when he suffered hamstring injury in September. Responding to the rumours surrounding him, Gbamin said as quoted by the Daily Star: "I basically feel ready for the next step and can well imagine starting a new chapter".

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Arsenal only made one signing in the January transfer window with the acquisition of Denis Suarez on loan, but appear to be already looking to the summer window.

"At the moment I give 100 per cent for Mainz and I am very satisfied with how much we have improved".

And it looks like the Arsenal boss will renew his attempts to sign Gbamin as the Mirror claims we're continuing to monitor his progress and will launch another move to sign the talented defender at the end of the season. The Gunners have conceded the most number of goals among the current top-eight of the Premier League and are the only club to have failed to secure a single clean sheet away from home this season.

But the arrival of Gbamin could help Unai Emery solve his defensive woes as they hope to contend for titles if not this campaign, then next.

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