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Arsene Wenger launches improved bid for Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan

Published 14/04/2015 | 08:06

Ilkay Gundogan
Ilkay Gundogan

Arsenal are ready to make a new, improved offer to finally sign Ilkay Gundogan, according to Kicker.

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The Gunners have been chasing Gundogan since January and reportedly had an £18.4 million bid for his services rejected by Borussia Dortmund.

Arsene Wenger remains a big fan, though, and now Kicker says Arsenal will make a new bid at the end of the season.

Manchester United and Barcelona are also keen on the midfielder, but Arsenal are apparently the clear front-runners.

Meanwhile, The Gunners are also reportedly set to open talks with Napoli over a deal to sign striker Gonzalo Higuain.

The Argentina international, who came close to joining the Gunners in 2013, is being tipped to quit Napoli at the end of the season.

Wenger is, according to The Metro, happy for Arsenal to bring in the striker, and is set to splash out £28.9m to get the deal done.

And finally, Paul Merson has come in for criticism for suggesting Liverpool will be getting the "deal of the century" if they swap Raheem Sterling for Theo Walcott plus money.

Sterling has been linked with a move to the Emirates and Gunners winger Walcott could, suggests The Mirror, be used as a makeweight in any transfer.

The pair are both embroiled in contract wrangles with their current clubs and a player-plus-cash exchange deal could be on the cards.

"If Theo Walcott goes to Liverpool, Raheem Sterling goes to Arsenal and Liverpool get some money, I think Liverpool have had the best deal ever," Merson told Sky Sports.

"If he goes to Arsenal, will he play? I don't think he's an Arsenal player. I don't think he gets his head up or moves the ball quick enough.

"It's unbelievable, Liverpool, one of the biggest clubs in the world are offering him £100,000-a-week and he's turning it down... not for me," he said.

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