As early as February this year it was being rumoured that Arsenal had supposedly already arranged a pre-contract with the Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby, who is (like a couple of our players….) entering the final year of his contract at the Bundesliga club.
The deal seemed dead in the water with no more Arsenal rumours linking Holtby during the Euros, but now it seems that the interest has now been revived. According to this mornings Mirror, Arsenal are testing the water as they are looking for a straight replacement for Theo Walcott if the Englishman still refuses to sign a contract extension.
Holtby has been considered to be a very promising talent for many years, and due to his English father has often been mooted with a move to the Premiership, although he made the decision last year to become a German international over England for his senior career and has now made two appearances for his adopted country.
The 21 year-old left his options open though when he said on Monday: “I like it at Schalke. I will give my best in training and the manager will decide if I am a first team player.”
Having been loaned out to Bochum and Mainz for the last two seasons he may simply be trying to commit Schalke to promise him a first team place before making a decision, but considering the amount of time he has been linked with a move to Arsenal, I could easily see this one coming true if Walcott leaves……