Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Tomas Rosicky Contract Delay Tempts Bayern Munich

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Tomas Rosicky of Arsenal of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Cardiff City at Emirates Stadium on January 1, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Far and away from the glitz and glamour of their usual pedigree in the transfer market, Bayern Munich have emerged as shock contenders to sign Tomas Rosicky this summer.

As the London Evening Standard's James Olley reports, the Arsenal midfielder is out of contract at the end of this season and has yet to sign an extension with the Gunners.

This has led to Pep Guardiola's apparent interest in luring the Czech Republic international to the Allianz Arena on the cheap.

It's no abnormality for the Gunners to allow their players to enter the final phases of their contracts before pressing ahead with negotiations, but interest from Bavaria may intrigue the former Borussia Dortmund star.

An excerpt from Olley's report reads:

Bayern wanted to sign Rosicky as far back as 2001 when the midfielder was at Sparta Prague but Borussia Dortmund won the race for his signature for a fee of 14.5million euros.

He became the most expensive player in Bundesliga history and in his first full season Dortmund won the League title. Rosicky joined Arsenal in 2006 for £7m but Bayern continued to monitor his progress and the prospect of his availability on a free transfer has once again sparked their interest.

The 33-year-old has made 21 appearances across all competitions for Arsene Wenger's side this season, 15 of those as a part of the starting lineup, per Transfermarkt.

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Although Rosicky hasn't always had a prominent role at the Emirates Stadium, he has been a key man this term and is relied upon to inject impetus into the Arsenal attack..

Having said that, one has to wonder what the player's prospects would be if a move to Bavaria came about.

It's well known that Bayern have one of the strongest midfield deposits in the world, with the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thiago Alcantara, Toni Kroos, Mario Gotze, Javi Martinez and even Philipp Lahm likely to be above Rosicky in the central midfield pecking order.

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However, one can understand where Guardiola might see value in the maestro's acquisition, although not quite on the same level as the free addition of Robert Lewandowski.

Rosicky's standards may have declined since his last venture in the German top flight, but with the right tools around him, the player has shown how capable an asset he can be.'s James Goldman shows exactly what Wenger thinks of the talent he has on his hands:

Despite making just 13 Premier League appearances this season, Squawka shows that Wenger's creative outlet is comfortably averaging one key pass per game, managing 16 in total this term.

Olley mentions that this renewed interest in the player comes from "a more senior level" than Guardiola, meaning that the midfield talent could still have Bayern admirers from more than a decade ago.

Rosicky, though, is at a stage of his career when he must weigh up one more financial payday against the legacy he leaves behind.

At Arsenal he can go down as a legend if he helps bring silverware back to the club. The same cannot be said at Bayern.