Arsenal have reportedly made contact with Borussia Dortmund about a possible summer transfer for Germany international Sven Bender.
Bild claim that the 26-year-old midfielder is not wholly content with his current £41,000-a-week wages, as he believes he could earn much more elsewhere.
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The Gunners are in desperate need for a commanding player who can boss the midfield and Bender, who has seven senior caps for his country, fits the bill perfectly.
Bender has already won two Bundesliga titles with Dortmund and he is probably at the ideal age to test himself in a new country.
Arsenal could face competition from Liverpool and Southampton if they choose to pursue Bender.