Transfer news

Werder open to Mertesacker offers

August 7, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Werder Bremen have revealed they will consider "serious offers" for reported Arsenal target Per Mertesacker.

Per Mertesacker
GettyImagesPer Mertesacker has been brought in to shore up Arsenal's leaky defence

Arsenal are still yet to sign a centre-back this summer, despite being linked with Everton's Phil Jagielka, Blackburn's Christopher Samba, Bolton's Gary Cahill and Mertesacker.

On Saturday, Gunners boss Wenger stated he hopes to make a signing of "super quality" potentially "next week". And Germany international Mertesacker could be a tempting target, with the defender having entered the final year of his contract.

Werder general manager Klaus Allofs said in the People: "We are willing to discuss a transfer for Per. We have promised him we will listen to serious offers."