Arsenal are reportedly all set to make a £20 million bid for Bayer Leverkusen's Christoph Kramer in January though the Bundesliga club have clearly stated that they will not be selling the defensive midfielder in the winter transfer window.
The 23-year-old German midfielder, who is currently on a two-year loan at Borussia Mönchengladbach, has managed to attract the attention of a lot of clubs including Arsenal, Real Madrid and Manchester United, following his impressive performances in the 2014 World Cup and the Bundesliga.
Despite these clubs remaining keen to land the youngster in January, Bayer Leverkusen is not reportedly interested in selling him as they have identified Kramer as a future star.
Still, according to the Daily Mail, Arsenal, who are desperate to sign a new holding midfielder in January, are reportedly ready to test Leverkusen's resolve with a £20 million for Kramer, who is valued at £8 million, in January.
The bid, however, will probably not be enough as Leverkusen is reportedly not taking note of any offers below £25 million.
Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists that he is not afraid of spending the big bucks in January if the right player becomes available.
The 65-year-old boss had earlier been forced to restrict his spending as the Gunners were facing a financial crisis following their move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium.
However, now as their finances have all been sorted out, Arsenal are not lacking in transfer funds, and Wenger insists that he is not afraid to spend big if he finds the right player.
"I've said that many times, without any doubt: if we find the right player we will do [a deal]," Wenger told ESPN. "There's a huge difference between the perception that people have of me: I'm not scared to spend money."
"It was periods where we had not the money. What I don't like is to spend the money I haven't got. What I fought against is to spend money that would put the future of the club in danger. Now I have money. No problem at all.''