Premier League - Arsenal target Santos, Mertesacker

Tue, 30 Aug 10:27:00 2011

Arsenal are close to completing the signing of Brazil left-back Andre Santos and Werder Bremen centre-back Per Mertesacker.

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The Gunners have agreed a fee with Turkish giants Fenerbahce for Santos - reportedly £6.2 million - with the move subject to a medical and personal terms being agreed.

Santos, 28, would help fill the void left by the sale of Gael Clichy to Manchester City and the departure of Armand Traore to QPR.

Germany international Mertesacker, 26, could also join the club as a defensive reinforcement and is due to have a medical on Tuesday.

International coach Joachim Loew confirmed that Mertesacker had been given permission to leave a training camp and negotiate a move away from Bremen.

"Last night I told the player I am giving you a free day and I expect he will come back this evening. I know there was a specific offer from a club," Loew told reporters as his side prepared for Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Austria.

And, with time running out before Wednesday evening's transfer deadline, it appears beleaguered manager Arsene Wenger has responded to calls to spend his way out of trouble.

South Korea captain Park Chu-Young is expected to complete his move from Monaco later on Tuesday, while the Gunners have been linked with a host of other names, including Chelsea trio Florent Malouda, Alex and Yossi Benayoun.

They also last week saw a bid rejected for Bolton's Gary Cahill as they look to improve a defence that has, at times, been left woefully exposed in the past year.

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