Arsenal target Kyriakos Papadopoulos after reducing interest in Swansea’s Williams

Arsenal have targeted Greek international defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos in a bid to strengthen the centeral defense, reports The Mirror.

Papadopoulos, 21, currently plays for German outfit Schalke, and they claim that any interested parties will need to stump up £19m in order to meet the defender’s buyout clause.

Papadopoulos is one of two defenders Wenger has earmarked as a potential signing along with Swansea’s Ashley Williams, with the latter having originally been considered a higher priority.

However, negotiations with the Swans have been slow moving and Wenger is thought to have taken his interest off the boil, turning his attentions to the Greek. Saint-Etienne teenager Kurt Zouma has also been looked at, and could be approached if deals for Williams and Papadopoulos fail to materialize.

Sources close to Schalke say that they believe an offer of around £13m would suffice for business to be done, despite their insistence on the £19m buyout clause being met.

Zouma, meanwhile, could set the club back £8.5m, meaning he could prove a cheaper alternative. Arsenal would face competition for him, however, with Chelsea and Liverpool also thought to hold interest in the 18-year-old.

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