Andre Schurrle heads Arsenal hit list of Bundesliga stars
Leverkusen striker in Wenger's sights, along with Lewis Holtby and Heung-Min Son
ARSENE WENGER appears to have decided that Germany holds the key to Arsenal's future and is sniffing around three more Bundesliga stars to add to his growing collection.
The Gunners boss already has Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and youngsters Serge Gnabry and Thomas Eisfeld on the books at the Emirates and, according to Caught Offside, now has his eye on Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle.
The German international has seven goals in 18 games for his country and has also impressed at club level. With Wenger expected to sign another forward in January, Schurrle is only the latest name on a very long list of strikers linked to the club.
The next name on the list is that of half-English Lewis Holtby. Stories suggesting that the Schalke man could be on his way to London have been gathering pace over the last week, but whether they hold any water remains to be seen.
The third name on Caught Offside's list of Bundesliga stars is more of a surprise. Apparently Wenger has not been put off South Korean forwards by his experience with Park Chu Young and is keen on Hamburg forward Heung-Min Son, who has been monitored by chief scout Steve Rowley more than once this season.
Manchester United are among a clutch of European giants interested in Leon Goretzka, the German teenage sensation who has been hailed as "the new Michael Ballack", reports Talksport. Goretzka is believed to have been watched by scouts from AC Milan and Real Madrid since he broke into the first team at second-division Bochum in recent months.
A versatile and energetic midfielder, 17-year-old Goretzka would fit Alex Ferguson's evolving brief of recruiting young promising starlets who can grow under his eye at Old Trafford. Goretzka is currently rated at £1m, making him a very lucrative gamble.
However, Ferguson is also prepared to shop more locally for a young midfielder, with Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha a potential target, according to the Daily Mail.
The exciting 19-year-old is also being tracked by Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham, says the paper, but he won’t come cheap. "Other sides can fly their kites but it would take £20m before we even got interested," Palace co-owner Steve Parish warned.
Meanwhile, Belgian newspaper Nieuwsbald quotes Old Trafford transfer target Simon Mignolet as admitting it is "very nice to be linked with such a big city team" but insisting "for now, I feel good in Sunderland".
Could 'for now' last until the transfer window re-opens, or will the reports be used by his camp as leverage in negotiations for a new contract with the Black Cats? His agent is quoted in the same report stoking the keeper's value by saying: "Several journalists and coaches say he is now at the same level as Joe Hart."
According to Sports Mole, another shot-stopper who could be soon on the move is the Ukrainian Igor Berezovsky, with Manchester City and Chelsea both ready to flash the cash.
The 22-year-old has been in sensational form for Ukrainian First League side Obolon Kiev after their relegation from the top flight at the end of the last campaign. Roberto Mancini and Roberto Di Matteo are both keen to add him to their squads to liven up competition for the goalkeeping shirts currently held by Joe Hart and Petr Cech respectively.
At 6ft 4in, the commanding Berezovsky is on course to become one of Europe's finest shot-stoppers. He is expected to be promoted to the Ukrainian national side in 2013. Bayern Munich will join the City and Chelsea to bid for his services.
It could be a case of second time lucky for Liverpool in their bid to purchase Finland striker Joel Pohjanpalo. According to the Metro, the 18-year-old Helsinki hit-man is now interested in signing for the Anfield side, nine months after turning them down. The fee is set to be in the region of £1 million.
A boyhood Liverpool fan, Pohjanpalo had a week-long trial in the northwest in March. He was offered a place in the club's youth team but rejected it as he felt he would progress through the ranks faster at Helsinki. The Reds have continued to press him to reconsider and an improved offer is believed to have changed his mind.
Ripples from a much-anticipated move to Barcelona for Colombian sensation Radamel Falcao could be felt in north London as Tottenham eye an opening to snatch Barca’s Alexis Sanchez on the cheap.
The Spanish giants may be willing to offload Sanchez in order to fund a £48 million move for Falcao, claims Talksport. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has been short on strike power this season and could be tempted by a knockdown price of £18 million for the Chilean hitman.