Arsenal have Bender bid rejected

A £19.7m bid from Arsenal for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender has been rejected, with the German side unwilling to sell the 24-year-old, according to the Daily Mirror.

Bender, who has 14 caps for Germany, scoring three goals, is another valuable asset to be linked with a move away from the BayArena, after Andre Schurrle left for Chelsea, and right-back Dani Carvajal moved to Real Madrid. These departures have led to Leverkusen being more unwilling to sell Bender.

The move would break Arsenal’s current transfer record, which currently stands at £15m, for the signing of Andrey Arshavin from Zenit St. Petersburg in January 2009. However, there have been rumours that the club are happy to spend even more on potentially bringing Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain, or Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have not made any signings so far this summer, despite being linked with a number of players, and manager Arsene Wenger may be looking to add to the midfield. Of his current midfielders, Mikel Arteta is over 30, and Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby have both been plagued by injuries.

After four years at Leverkusen, Bender may be looking to move on. Since joining from 1860 Munich, he has made nearly 150 appearances for the club, 41 of the last season, where he scored three goals.

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