Bild is reporting that new-ish Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola is set to go shopping for centre backs, and that high on his list are two Arsenal players Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen
In fact Bild names five players who might be wanted to stiffen up Bayern’s defence – the other three are Shakhtar Donetsk’s Ukraine international Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Jeremy Mathieu of Valencia and former FC Barcelona star Eric Abidal. Bild thinks that Bayern needs the cover as central defender Holger Badstuber expected to be out until March 2014 after rupturing his cruciate knee ligament.
So is this good or bad news for Arsenal? Well a bit of both. Koscielny has hinted that he would seek a move if things didn’t improve in north London, but it doesn’t seem as if he will go this summer. Vermaelen is a different matter. The Arsenal captain seems to be seen as surplus to requirements at The Emirates and a new challenge might suit both clubs and the player. His fee could also help fund a move for Swansea’s Ashley Williams.
It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out.