ARSENE WENGER is eyeing up a £7.5million summer move for Eintracht Frankfurt star Sebastian Rode.

SunSport can reveal the Gunners have been tracking the Germany Under-21 defensive midfielder.

Rode, 22, is considered one of the Bundesliga’s rising stars and Arsenal face stiff competition from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

It is understood he would jump at the chance to play in the Premier League.

He has just 16 months left on his contract and has so far refused to sign a new deal which means Eintracht will have to cash in at the end of the season or risk losing him for nothing.

This season Gunners boss Wenger has repeatedly raved about the Bundesliga being Europe’s hotbed of talent.

Arsenal desperately need to shore up their midfield by bringing in a ball-getter who will shield the backline.

Snatching Rode from under the noses of Bayern and Dortmund would be a coup — but more importantly it will be a big boost for the quality and depth of Arsenal’s squad.