Arsenal ‘target’ £12m Bayern Munich bargain as Ruben Neves alternative

Arsenal have been put off by Ruben Neves’ £100 million price tag.

Arsenal are eager to bolster their squad this summer and one position they will look to strengthen is the midfield.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Ruben Neves in recent months, however they suffered a blow when it was reported that the Midlands club would ask for a whopping £100 million for the 25-year-old.

While it appeared their pursuit of a midfielder had stalled, it is thought they are now targeting a much cheaper alternative.

Arsenal are now reportedly eyeing a move for Bayern Munich’s Marcel Sabitzer, with SPORT1 claiming he could be available for just £12 million.

The Austrian joined the Bundesliga giants last summer for £14 million, but has struggled to maintain a regular place in the starting line-up ahead of the likes of Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller.

Sabitzer, playing in a more attacking role, enjoyed a much more successful seven year spell with RB Leizpig prior to his move to Munich and will be eager to regain that form if he is to leave the club.

Despite only joining Julian Nagelsmann’s side a year ago, Bayern are allegedly willing to part ways with Sabitzer for less than what they paid for him.

While the midfielder is three years older than Neves, he would be less costly than the Portugal international and could prove to be a real steal if he can replicate his Leipzig form.

While Arsenal’s attack and defence have significantly improved this season, their midfield is still sparce as they rely on the likes of Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey and Albert Sambi Lokonga in the middle of the park.

However, the London club’s transfer plans may depend on their position in the table come the end of the season, with recent results raising questions as to whether they will be able to promise any new signings Champions League football.