By Will Butcher
Werder Bremen’s sporting director Frank Baumann believes that re-signing Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker would be a good move for the club.
Mertesacker’s future is in doubt as he has entered the final year of his contract with the Gunners, and his former side Werder could be tempted to make a move for the 32-year-old.
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.
Werder may have to do battle with another of Mertesacker’s old clubs in Hannover 96, as their sporting director also declared that they will be trying to sign the retired Germany international.
“All know is what Hannover means for Per, and maybe we can inspire him again for 96,” Martin Bader told Bild.
The 6ft 6in colossus joined the Gunners back in 2011 for a fee believed to be around £8million, and has since become the Premier League giants’ captain.
Mertesacker, who has a World Cup winners’ medal from Germany’s triumph in 2014, has made 207 league and cup appearances for the North London outfit at the heart of their defence while scoring eight goals at the other end.
He was a first team regular until he suffered a knee injury in pre-season that is expected to sideline him until the new year.
Arsene Wenger subsequently signed Shkodran Mustafi, who has developed an impressive centre-back partnership with Laurent Koscielny.
In other Arsenal transfer news, this young Scotland international could be the next arrival at the Emirates.