Bayer Leverkusen Transfer News: €7.5 Million Offered for Nurnberg's Drmic

Robbie DunneContributor IIIApril 16, 2014

ST GALLEN, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 05: Mate Males of Croatia (R) challenges Josip Drmic of Switzerland (L) during the international friendly match between Switzerland and Croatia at the AFG Arena on March 5, 2014 in St Gallen, Switzerland.  (Photo by Marc Eich/Getty Images)
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Sport Bild are today reporting that Bayer Leverkusen have offered €7.5 million for Nurnberg striker Josip Drmic. 

The Swiss international has been linked with a move away from Nurnberg this summer with reports suggesting Arsenal are interested, according to Bild (via Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror).

He has scored 16 times in 29 matches during a difficult season for Nurnberg, who are currently fighting a battle to stay in Germany's top division. They currently lie two points from safety with their next game at home to Leverkusen. 

The speedy striker is also set to star for Switzerland this summer in the World Cup, having scored the first two goals of his senior international career against Croatia last month. 

While Drmic isn't a typical target man, he has the speed, quick feet and finishing ability to make an impact at the highest level of world football. 

Leverkusen will lose one of their main scoring threats to Schalke this summer in Sidney Sam. Given their reliance on Stefan Kiessling, who has scored 15 goals in 30 games, it seems Sascha Lewandowski's men could do with an extra striker.

Lothar Matthias, German football legend, recently announced that Drmic would leave Nurnberg in the summer for Arsenal for a fee of €8 million, according to Ben Jeffereson from The Express

Matthias was the man who announced that Robert Lewandowski would leave Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich before it was public knowledge, and is seemingly the recipient of privileged transfer information.

However, last month, Drmic reportedly told Bild (via the Daily Mail) that a move to Arsenal would be a "dream."

The Gunners are believed to be looking for a striker, given their lack of depth at the position.


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