ARSENAL are planning a summer swoop for Kerem Demirbay to replace Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey, according to reports.
It is understood that the Gunners have already made contact with Hoffenheim and are willing to meet his £22million release clause.
Getty – Contributor1 Kerem Demirbay has scored four goals for Hoffenheim this season
According to German newspaper Bild, the 25-year-old is viewed by Arsenal as a low-cost replacement for Ramsey.
He has emerged as a top target for Unai Emery after scoring four goals and making eight assists this season.
But it is reported that he has attracted interest from a number of clubs from Turkey.
Demirbay is under contract until 2022, but the Gunners will be able to bag themselves a bargain if they activate his release clause.
The 25-year-old joined Hoffenheim in 2016 after he failed to make his name with Hamburger SV.
He was shipped out on loan to FFC Kaiserslautern and Fortuna Dusseldorf before he completed the permanent switch to the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.
Demirbay played for Turkey's youth teams until Under-21 level before he switched his allegiance in 2017 after being called up by Germany.
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He would fill the void left by Ramsey at the end of the season and his wage demands would be a lot less.
Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout has also emerged as another option for Emery as he looks to bolster his midfield.
But the Gunners boss will be working with a budget of just £40million if his team do not secure Champions League football next season.