Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen are keen to sign Per Mertesacker from Arsenal next summer, according to sporting director Frank Baumann.
The World Cup winner, currently sidelined due to an injury sustained in pre-season, has entered the final 12 months of his contract at the Emirates Stadium and his future remains under intense speculation following the signing of compatriot Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia.
Earlier this week, Mertesacker revealed he’s considering his options ahead of next summer, with Arsenal’s policy on players over the age of 30 stating they consider each player’s position with the club on a year-by-year basis, and Baumann told Bild he could see Mertesacker back at Werder Bremen– stating conversations were held in the summer when they signed Serge Gnabry from the Gunners.
“In the course of Serge’s transfer, we also talked about his [Mertesacker’s] future,”
Baumann partnered Mertesacker at centre-half with Werder Bremen from 2006 to 2009 and the player would likely be open to a move back to the Bundesliga side, as long as they retain their status in the top-flight.
The club currently sit 15th in the Bundesliga standings having won just one of their opening six games this season.