Having earned rave reviews during the first six months of the 2013-14 season, Arsenal attacker Serge Gnabry has reportedly drawn the intrigue of Borussia Dortmund with the view to cutting a deal this summer.
However, it's a strange time for the German youngster to consider moving, especially when his progression through the Emirates Stadium ranks has taken such a turn for the better this term.
It is understood the Dortmund coach has had Arsenal’s teenage forward watched at least once and is considering putting Arsene Wenger to the test with an offer, either this month or at the end of the season.
While Klopp has been alerted to his potential, it is believed he is more concerned with recruiting a top-quality like-for-like replacement for Robert Lewandowski, who will join Bayern Munich on a five-year deal in the summer.
A like-for-like replacement for Lewandowski, Gnabry certainly is not, but one can see the appeal in the teenager's talents.
Where would Gnabry be better off in the 2014-15 season?
Wenger has placed faith in Gnabry, handing the 18-year-old eight first-team appearances in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup, according to Transfermarkt.co.uk.
The starlet has taken those opportunities with both hands, showing a direct and forceful approach among his peers, particularly in an eye-catching recent display against Tottenham.
A switch to the German top flight not only risks offsetting the trajectory of that growth, but would arguably see Gnabry depart a club very much on the rise for one that appears in decline.
Former Norwegian international Jan Aage Fjortoft agrees that letting Gnabry leave at this stage would be folly:
BT Sport's Archie Rhind-Tutt has even hypothesised that the player might make a late run into Joachim Low's 2014 World Cup squad:
Where an English door closes, a German one may open - with Walcott out, a chance for Serge Gnabry to stake a claim for a World Cup place— Archie Rhind-Tutt (@archiert1) January 6, 2014
One can debate over which club holds the most power right now, Arsenal or Dortmund. Having met in this season's Champions League group stage, the pair exchanged blows, each winning one of their two encounters.
But the Gunners have already shown their love for the player, having picked Gnabry up from Stuttgart two years ago. The creative talent has since graduated from one of the world's most hallowed academies, and promises to reap the rewards that many an Arsenal youngster has before him.
The promise of silverware and titles may be just as promising at Signal Iduna Park (although even that's not for certain), but why fix what isn't broken?
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