A true hero
Saw this on TeamTalk and it seems reasonable....
Would be a great deal if you can pull it off imo. Noone loses out and both teams would be happy.ARSENAL CONSIDER KEEPER SWAP - REPORT
Arsenal could be set to exchange Jens Lehmann for Suttgart goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand, reports in Germany claim.
Hildebrand confirmed on Tuesday that he will be leaving the Bundesliga club in the summer after turning down their final contract offer.
The 25-year-old is considered heir apparent to Oliver Kahn in the German Nationalelf and might already have assumed the mantle had the veteran Bayern Munich stopper not delayed international retirement to lead the hosts at the 2006 World Cup.
Hildebrand now has limited options in his home country – Stuttgart are themselves one of the Bundesliga's biggest clubs and his rejection of the Swabians is a mark of high ambition and wage demands.
Former boss Felix Magath now coaches Bayern Munich and is thought to consider Hildebrand the ideal successor to Kahn at club as well as international level.
But the Bayern skipper is unlikely to move before 2006 as any transfer would jeopardise his World Cup chances.
Champions Werder Bremen are keen to replace ageing stopper Andreas Reinke but, like Hertha Berlin, will struggle to satisfy Hildebrand's demands.
German daily newspaper Das Bild on Wednesday threw a new permutation into the ring by suggesting a swap deal with the Londoners.
Lehmann is out of favour at Highbury after a series of high-profile errors and Arsene Wenger would doubtless be delighted to recoup some return on a high-earning 35-year-old substitute with a habit of speaking his mind to the media.
Matthias Sammer meanwhile will lose Hildebrand for nothing at the end of the season and would therefore consider a switch in the January transfer window.
Lehmann is a favourite of the Stuttgart coach after starring for Sammer when he led Borussia Dortmund to the championship and UEFA Cup final in 2002.
And Wenger remains keen to sign a top-class goalkeeper with Manuel Almunia increasingly suspect as the current incumbent at Highbury.
Hildebrand may be behind Lehmann in Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann's thoughts but many put that down solely to experience – the younger man is considered one of the best prospects around.
He has excelled behind one of Europe's meanest defences for the past three seasons and in 2003/4 broke the Bundesliga record for consecutive minutes without conceding a goal.
Wenger has indicated that transfer activity is unlikely this month but said the same 12 months ago before signing Jose Antonio Reyes for a club record fee.
Hildebrand's wage demands are not excessive by Premiership standards and, as he would cost little or no fee, would fit into Wenger's plan of assembling a young, talented and ambitious side on a modest budget.