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Arsenal and Manchester United battle for Mario Gotze after row with Bayern Munich

Published 07/07/2015 | 09:00

Battle of the big guns: Arsenal and Man Utd reportedly want Mario Gotze Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Battle of the big guns: Arsenal and Man Utd reportedly want Mario Gotze Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Arsenal have joined Manchester United in the hunt for Germany international Mario Gotze after his agent slammed Bayern Munich for their treatment of the player.

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Gotze, who was strongly linked with Arsenal before joining Bayern, has yet to fully establish himself at the Bundesliga club, despite his obvious talent.

His agent, Volker Struth, has blasted Bayern and manager Pep Guardiola for their "poor treatment" of Gotze, saying "he needs more support".

And, according to The Daily Star, these shock comments have sparked fresh transfer talk, with the Gunners and United in a two-way battle for the German, who is apparently valued at £49.6 million.

The Metro, meanwhile, says Arsenal have been cleared to sign Karim Benzema, with Real Madrid reportedly open to selling him.

The Gunners are even believed to be preparing a £17.8 million bid for the France international.

With Rafael Benitez apparently wanting to use Cristiano Ronaldo as his main striker next season, with Gareth Bale played through the middle, it appears Benzema will be surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu.

Man United are also thought to be interested in Benzema, as they look to replace Radamel Falcao.

Mikel Arteta has finally signed a new contract - and that may stop Arsene Wenger from dipping into the market for a new midfielder, suggests The Mirror.

Arteta, 33, agreed a new one-year deal months ago but hadn't put pen to paper, which raised question marks about whether he would leave this summer.

However, the Spaniard, who received lucrative offers from his home country, has committed himself and will be on the club's pre-season trip to Singapore.

Arsenal's long-term target, Morgan Schneiderlin, is set to join Manchester United as soon as they meet Southampton's £25 million asking price, while the Gunners are not interested in Arturo Vidal and Ilkay Gundogan has signed a new deal at Borussia Dortmund.

Colombian keeper David Ospina - set to be ousted by new £10 million signing Petr Cech - is in no rush to quit the Emirates.

Ospina has been a target for Fenerbahce but will have talks with Arsenal after his return from an extended break after the Copa America.

He said: "I have always had to fight for the title position at all of my clubs. You expect a big club like Arsenal to improve the squad but you must always impress the manager in training."

And finally, Arsenal have added to their youth ranks by signing defender Jordi Osei-Tutu from Reading.

The 16-year-old, who can also play in central midfield or on the wing, earned rave reviews in the Royals youth sides last term.

And the Gunners have moved to sign him to a scholarship contract, joining fellow new arrivals Vlad Dragomir and Yassin Fortune.

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