Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Gunners Scouting FC Basel Central Defender Aleksandar Dragovic

on April 06 2013 9:19 AM

Arsenal are scouting FC Basel central defender Aleksandar Dragovic, according to a report in Metro. The report suggests the Gunners are currently scouting Dragovic.

The Austrian stopper is the latest centre-back linked with a move to Arsenal. Manager Arsene Wenger needs to makes reinforcing his shaky back four a transfer priority.

He has yet to find the right partnership among struggling trio Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen.

The Arsenal boss is certainly casting a wide net in his search for fresh recruits in defence. Dragovic is a below the radar signing who fits the mold of Wenger's transfer policy.

The 22-year-old is a young player on the rise. He has been a key part of a Basel defence that has competed against some of Europe's elite.

That experience includes matches against some of the English Premier League's best.

In last season's UEFA Champions League, Dragovic was part of the Basel team that eliminated Manchester United in the group stages. The Swiss outfit earned a 3-3 draw at Old Trafford, before besting the Red Devils 2-1 in Switzerland.

Most recently, Dragovic helped Basel earn a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League. Metro claims Wenger's top scout Steve Rowley was in attendance at White Hart Lane to analyze Dragovic's performance.

Dragovic has been a central figure in helping Basel keep six clean sheets in the Europa League. He has also earned 20 international caps for Austria.

It's not the first time Arsenal have been linked with signing Dragovic. Back in late-September, 2012, talkSPORT.co.uk claimed Arsenal were pursuing a deal for 7 million Euros.

TransferMarket.co.uk puts Dragovic's current value at £4.4 million. That's a bargain fee for an aggressive, combative and youthful defender, already possessing plenty of experience against top-level European competition.