Arsenal’s approaches in search of Bundesliga hitman to be rebuffed

Date published: Thursday 26th December 2019 3:36 - Jonny Whitfield

Bayer Leverkusen are prepared to rebuff any offers they receive in January for striker Kevin Volland, according to a report.

The 27-year-old has been in solid form so far this season for the Bundesliga side, having scored seven goals and assisted seven others in 25 appearances in all competitions.

That run of form follows an even more impressive 2018/19 season, in which the German international was directly involved in 31 goals in 42 games.

Previous reports have indicated that Arsenal are keen on the striker, with one claim suggesting that the player has been observed by club scouts on several occasions this term.

What’s more, it is said that Volland’s name is one that is to be put to new boss Mikel Arteta as a potential signing.

However, according to Sky Germany (via Sky Sports News), Leverkusen will not entertain any proposals that come in to take Volland away from Germany.

The source claims that Leverkusen are planning life with their vice-captain for the long-term and that he has an important future at the club.

Volland’s current deal, however, does expire in the summer of 2021.

Elsewhere, Arteta has revealed that he wanted to sign Gunners midfielder Granit Xhaka while he was the assistant coach to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

 

 

Xhaka moved to North London from Borussia Monchengladbach under Arsene Wenger’s guidance but it was around that time that Arteta joined City and wanted him at the Etihad.

Arteta said: “As a player, when I was going from Arsenal to City to start coaching and we were looking in that position, he was one of the players on my list.

“This is how much I liked him. I was happy when Arsenal signed him because I thought he was going to be a terrific player.

“He has done some really good things and now he has got stuck in a very difficult situation that, I think, was growing and growing and growing and one day it exploded.”

 

 

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