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Arsenal told to up bid for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender

Arsenal have failed with an opening bid for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender.

Express says Bayer have turned down a £19.7 million offer from Arsenal for Bender.

The midfielder, whose twin brother Sven helped Borussia Dortmund reach last season's Champions League final, has been capped 14 times by Germany.

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