BBC End of Mertesacker: Arsenal Announces Deal for World Cup defender

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Portuguese club Benfica have reportedly splashed a £35m price tag on defender Ruben Dias, with interest coming from Arsenal.

The Gunners are searching for a potnetial recurit for thier long term serving player Per Mertesacker, with the Benfica yougnster reported to be one of Arsene Wenger top priority next summer.

According to Sport Witness, the Portuguese giants are proving reluctant to sell Diaz for anything less than £35m, but could hold out for an offer which triggers his £52.5m release clause should a bidding war begin.

Arsenal are said to have sent scouts to the Estadio da Luz to watch the Portugal Under-21 international, who began his career with Benfica’s B-team in 2015, in action.

The North London club could be forced to recruit more than one central defender this summer, with Laurent Koscielny turning 33 this year and continuing to struggle with persistent injuries.