Arsenal are ready to enter the race for Germany international Mats Hummels, according to reports.
The Borussia Dortmund defender has been consistently linked with a move to the Premier League, most notably with Manchester United.
The centre-back has impressed in the Bundesliga and was a stand-out player at the World Cup as Germany won the tournament.
With United in dire need of defensive reinforcements Hummels was repeatedly linked with a move to Old Trafford over the summer. The speculation is understood to have contributed to Dortmund installing the 25-year-old as club captain.
However, despite the club insisting Hummels will not be leaving and the player himself saying he is "100 per cent" happy at his current club, speculation continues.
Arsenal's injury list
Arsenal's injury list
1/5 Mikel Arteta (midfield)
Like Diaby, the Spaniard is closing in on a return but the Swansea match will come to soon. The club captain last played in November.
2/5 Mathieu Debuchy (defender)
Returned in the FA Cup semi-final win over Reading but has since been ruled out with injury and Wenger confirmed he remains 'unavailable'.
3/5 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (midfield)
Suffered a hamstring injury against Manchester United in the FA Cup and hasn't played since as it has exacerbated a groin problem. Out at least until May and facing surgery in the summer.
4/5 Aaron Ramsey (midfield)
Aaron Ramsey caught a kick on his calf during the win over Hull and was later substituted. The Welshman was rated 50/50 for the Swansea match by Wenger, but it now appears that he is a major doubt for the clash at the Emirates.
5/5 Danny Welbeck (forward)
Danny Welbeck has not played since the goalless draw with Chelsea towards the end of April after suffering a knee injury. Wenger has confirmed that the injury is 'nothing major', and that he should return to full fitness before the end of the season.
According to the Daily Express, Arsenal are ready to make a £32m bid for the centre-back as Arsene Wenger looks to sure up his defence.
Whilst Calum Chambers was signed over the summer, more responsibility than expected has been placed on the 19-year-old, meaning reinforcements would be welcomed at the Emirates.
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