Werder Bremen have revealed they would be very interested in re-signing Per Mertesacker were he to leave Arsenal next summer.
The World Cup winner's current deal at the Emirates expires this summer and it remains uncertain as to whether the club will try to hang on to the experienced centre-back.
The German's first club, Hannover, admitted this week they were keeping their fingers crossed the Gunners would not offer the 32-year-old a new deal as they want to bring him home at the end of the season.
Bremen have now thrown their hat into the ring and would appear to be leading the chase for Mertesacker already having spoken to him about a return during the transfer negotiations for Serge Gnarby, who moved to Werder from Arsenal this summer.
Bremen's sporting director Frank Baumann played alongside Mertesacker for the Bundesliga club and says he can "can see Per at Werder".
He added: "In the course of Serge's transfer, we also talked about his [Mertesacker's] future."