Chelsea and Arsenal target Borussia Monchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter on a free transfer for next summer

Borussia Moenchengladbach v 1. FC Union Berlin - Bundesliga
Ginter has made a good name for himself in the Bundesliga (Picture: Getty Images)

Chelsea and Arsenal have enquired about the availability of Borussia Monchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter on a free transfer for next summer, according to reports.

The 26-year-old played a pivotal role in an impressive season for the Bundesliga club, in which they secured a top-four finish and Champions League football.

Ginter’s solid form, which has seen him become a regular for the German national team, has also caught the attention of top European clubs.

According to Sky Sport Germany, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan are in the race for the centre-back’s signature this summer.

With his current deal with the club due to expire in 2021, Chelsea and Arsenal have also registered their interest in the World Cup winner’s services, should he become a free agent next year.

However, the report states that his contract will automatically renew if he makes more than 25 appearances for Gladbach in the upcoming campaign.

Regardless of that eventuality, the German outfit are already in negotiations with Ginter over a new deal.

Chelsea FC v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League
Lampard is believed to be on the lookout for a centre-back (Picture: Getty Images)

Both Chelsea and Arsenal have endured defensive struggles, with the Blues conceding 54 goals in the 2019-20 campaign, which is more than any other side in the Premier League’s top 10.

After securing the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, Lampard is reportedly focusing on defenders to shore up his backline.

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s place in the side is also an area of concern, but, the west London club will only sell him if they can recoup a large portion of their £71.6 million outlay on the Spaniard.

Meanwhile, the Gunners go into their FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday with three senior centre-backs out injured; Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari.

Speaking before Saturday’s final, Mikel Arteta admitted it an area they need to address.

‘I already mentioned three central defenders who are not available and we haven’t had them available for a long time anyway, during this season,’ the Spaniard said. ‘We will have to address that.’

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