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Arsenal set to rival Liverpool for Demirbay

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Arsenal have reportedly joined rivals Liverpool in the race for Kerem Demirbay’s signature this summer, according to the London Evening Standard

The new head of recruitment at Arsenal, Sven Mislintat, is leading the charge for the Hoffenheim midfielder and has already played a key role in reuniting Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Emirates in January, due to his connections with former employers Borussia Dortmund.

Mislintat has extensive knowledge of German football and believes that Demirbay will prove to be a valuable asset at the Emirates, despite the fact that the 27 year-old has been struggling with a set of recurring injury problems this season that has limited him to just 12 league starts.

But, last season, Demirbay was considered one of the best players in the Bundesliga and has also attracted the interest of Jurgen Klopp, who has been heavily linked with a move for the midfielder.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Jack Wilshere’s future, with the England international out of contract at the end of the season, it is believed that Arsenal have begun proceedings to replace him.