Arsenal keeping tabs on Lars Bender

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger looks set to heat up his transfer plans for this summer with the French tactician set to mount an 18 million pound bid for the services of German international, Lars Bender.

[sociallocker]The midfielder who is currently under contract with German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, is keen on testing his skills in the Premier League and sees the Emirates as the best destination for him to further develop himself.

Reports claim that the club is set to mount an official bid for the midfielder who can play either as a defensive midfielder or as a box to box midfielder.

After reportedly losing out to Manchester United in the chase of Morgan Schneiderlin, Wenger is desperate to avoid the same fate with Bender who is also attracting interest from Italian giants, Juventus.

This particular deal, should it happen, would represent a major coup for the Londoners who are eager to sign a player for this particular position with a good fitness record.