Date: 3rd January 2020 at 1:00pm
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Arsenal have reportedly opened talks with Bayern Munich over the signing of , according to reports in Germany.

The Gunners are currently drawing up a shortlist of potential centre-backs after learning will miss up to nine months of action after rupturing his ACL during the defeat to Chelsea last Sunday.

Red Bull Leipzig’s remains on Arsenal’s radar following a failed £55million bid for the 21-year-old last summer, while they have also identified Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake as a possible recruit.

However, according to Sky Sports Germany (via Metro), Arsenal are also exploring a cheaper alternative in Boateng.

The reports suggest Arsenal have already entered talks with Bayern over a deal this month for the German defender. However, while Bayern are willing to sell, they would want at least £12.75million.

Despite making 15 appearances for Bayern this season, the 31-year-old’s position in the side is under threat from , and .