The Metro enthusiastically speculates that Arsenal, alongside old rivals Manchester
DisUnited, are currently hot on his trail, but a potential bid might hit the woodwork, no thanks to his "exorbitant" valuation.
The report rightly acknowledges his price tag as the "stumbling block" for prospective buyers. In fact, it's gunner take something special for Arsene Wenger to splash a record club fee of £25m on the services rendered by the 21-year old, who unlike Lorient's Laurent Koscielny, is a tested and trusted household name in the German Bundesliga.
There's no need wishing for miracles! We should by now, be accustomed to the way things are done regarding the Arsenal way.
To be exact, the North London giants won't break their stingy wage structure to accomodate a few individuals. The possibility of Wenger spending 70% of his coveted transfer cash on just one player is highly unlikely, given the Professor' economic disposition.
Meanwhile, the Gunners can still snap Felipe Melo (26), from Juventus for a discounted fee.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reported earlier today, that the Brazilian, whose World Cup glory ambition is currently going as planned, might be clubless when he returns from South Africa.
The report alleged Juventus are prepared to match Manchester City's hefty offer for CSKA Moscow's midfielder Milos Krasic, whom they see as a potential replacement for the temperamental Melo.
The Italian club is considering an idea to revamp its present squad ahead of next season, after a dissapointing campaign, and are reportedly set to hawk Felipe Melo and Diego Ribas on the transfer market in a desperate bid to offload the flops, so they can channel the proceeds to CSKA, in an attempt to beat Manchester City in their virtual race for the winger's signature.
Felipe Melo is arguably surplus to requirement in Italy, but stands a great chance of recovering his lost form if he 'accidentally' pledges his loyalty to the Arsenal.