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Arsenal close to making a bid for Palermo youngster

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is preparing a bid to bring Palermo defender Simon Kjaer to The Emirates next season. Wenger has made a defender and goalkeeper a priority for next season and with news that Sol Campbell will sign a one year extension this leaves the way open for Wenger to bring in a youngster knowing that he has enough experience to fall back on in times of trouble.

Kjaer is only 21 years old and a partnership with 24 year old Thomas Vermaelen at the back would have seen a very young defensive back line take shape and would have lead to some questioning if Wenger was doing the right thing have such a young players, however as stated above with Campbell extending and Gallas also likely to extend then there would be enough experience on the bench and on the training field to negate any issues inexperience would bring.

One has to remember Wenger’s comments on maturity and inexperience when he goes for youngsters but maintaining a very experienced group of players as both back up and mentors could be the way that Wenger intends to go.

No fee has been mentioned for Kjaer but it is though he would not come too cheap.

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