Arsenal have Hoffenheim’s Florian Grillitsch on their radar and the player’s agent travelled to England last week, according to reports.

German outlet Bild¬†write that English sides Arsenal and Tottenham are on a ‘hunt’ for the Hoffenheim defensive midfielder. According to their sources, Grillitsch is on both clubs’ radars, and the player’s agent travelled to England last week. Bild speculate that this is to make ‘first contact’ with the clubs, but that’s not confirmed at this stage.

Bohm spoke to the media recently and said: “The fact that Flo is in the focus of top clubs with his strong performances, is no big secret. But he feels comfortable in Hoffenheim and still has goals with the TSG. Everything else will be seen.”

Grillitsch has a contract with Hoffenheim until 2021, but Bild claim he has a release clause. However, they don’t specify the exact value of the clause, only saying that the clause means it would be difficult for the Bundesliga club to prevent a summer transfer.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Florian Grillitsch of Hoffenheim during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Manchester City and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Etihad Stadium on December 12, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: Florian Grillitsch of Hoffenheim during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Manchester City and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Etihad Stadium on December 12, 2018, in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Grillitsch has been very impressive for Hoffenheim since joining in 2017. WhoScored‘s statistical analysis reveals numerous strengths in the form of his through balls, long shots, aerial duels, tackling, concentration and ball interception, as well as very strong crossing and defensive contribution.

The question is whether Arsenal really need to prioritise another defensive midfield. Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny are already fighting for just two positions, and that’s excluding any academy prospects.

Perhaps next summer Grillitsch might be a player to think about, but the club have more immediate problems at the back and on the wings right now.

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