Arsenal are reportedly back in for Kerem Demirbay, a player they haven’t really been linked with since January 2018.

SINSHEIM, GERMANY - APRIL 14: Kerem Demirbay of Hoffenheim is challenged by Davie Selke of Berlin during the Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hertha BSC at PreZero-Arena on April 14, 2019 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)
SINSHEIM, GERMANY – APRIL 14: Kerem Demirbay of Hoffenheim is challenged by Davie Selke of Berlin during the Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hertha BSC at PreZero-Arena on April 14, 2019 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

According to Bild, Arsenal are one of the clubs interested in activating Demirbay’s release clause which is in the region of €20m-€30m.

The German publication claim Arsenal have already ‘lodged’ their interest with Hoffenheim whom the club no doubt hope they have established a good relationship with after loaning them Reiss Nelson for the season.

The 25-year-old signed a contract extension just over a year ago, tieing him to the Bundesliga side until 2022.

A central midfielder, Arsenal are obviously looking for someone to fill the massive Aaron Ramsey-shaped hole the summer will leave in their squad.

A ball-playing midfielder, Demirbay excels at set-pieces, shots from range, playing his teammates in, dribbling and blocking. The only real concern is around his ability to challenge aerially.

This season he has four goals and six assists in 22 games (1,686 minutes). Ramsey, who is three years Demirbay’s senior, has four goals and six assists this season in 28 Premier League games (1,325 minutes).

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