By Tony Hughes
Per Mertesacker has discussed the possibility of moving back to former club Werder Bremen, according to Sky Sports.
The 32-year-old centre-back, who is still the Arsenal captain, is out of contract at the end of the season.
According to the Sky Sports Transfer Centre [19.04 on Wednesday], Mertesacker has talked to the current Bremen skipper Clemens Fritz about a return to the club he joined Arsenal from in August 2011.
Sky Sports quoted Fritz (via German newspaper Bild) as saying “We’ve talked about it [a return to Bremen]. It would be a good thing for the club.”
This comes after a previous report linked the 6ft 6in defender with Bremen, when their sporting director Frank Baumann said re-signing Mertesacker would be a good move for the club.
Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Baumann claimed that his former teammate would do well if he decides to return for a second spell with the Bundesliga side.
“I could well imagine Per at Werder,” Baumann told Bild.
Mertesacker suffered a knee injury in a pre-season friendly with Lens in July and hasn’t featured in this season’s Premier League.
New signing Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny have formed a solid partnership at the heart of the Gunners defence, after Rob Holding also impressed in the first three games of the season.
Mertesacker isn’t due back until early next year and he will be free to talk to overseas clubs about a potential move in January.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Piers Morgan has said that he wants this former Liverpool player in the Arsenal team.