Arsenal want to make €40m Leverkusen man their ‘new defensive boss’

Joe Williams
Leicester Jonathan Tah Bayer Leverkusen

Arsenal are keen on bringing Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah to the Emirates Stadium in the summer, according to reports in Germany.

The 24-year-old has played 167 times for Leverkusen and scored four goals since joining from fellow German outfit Hamburg in 2015.

Tah has nine Germany caps under his belt with five of those coming in 2019 under Joachim Low, who chose to leave him out of the 2018 World Cup squad.

And Sport Bild (via Sport Witness) claims that Tah – who is also interesting Atletico Madrid – is ‘top of the list’ for Arsenal as Mikel Arteta scours the globe for defensive reinforcements.

Leverkusen have set the release clause in Tah’s current contract – which runs until the summer of 2023 – at €40m with Arsenal keen to make him their ‘new defensive boss’.

The Bundesliga outfit are currently two points behind Borussia Monchengladbach, who occupy the final Champions League qualification place, and it is believed Tah’s price could be a ‘little higher’ if Leverkusen manage to finish fourth.

The report adds that the centre-back’s release clause is only valid until the start of  Euro 2020 on June 12, so Arsenal better get a move on.