Journalist for The Evening Standard Simon Collings has revealed that Arsenal are eyeing a move for Frankfurt central defender Evan Ndicka in January.
The Lowdown: Centre-back wanted
It was reported in the summer that the Gunners tried to sign centre-back Lisandro Martinez, only for him to join Manchester United from Ajax instead.
In the end, they settled on not signing another centre-half, with William Saliba given game time after his loan spell at Marseille last season, while both Pablo Mari and Auston Trusty were sent out on loan to Monza and Birmingham City respectively.
The Latest: Ndicka eyed
Taking to Twitter, Collings has revealed that the Emirates Stadium outfit still want to bring in a new left-sided central defender, with now Ajax centre-back Calvin Bassey another player that was discussed in the summer alongside Martinez.
However, Ndicka is one that they are still ‘monitoring’ ahead of the January transfer window:
“Arsenal remain in market for left-sided centre-back. Bid for Lisandro Martinez in summer and understand Calvin Bassey was discussed internally before he joined Ajax. Now one of several clubs monitoring Frankfurt defender Evan Ndicka.”
Expanding in his article for The Evening Standard, Collings adds that Frankfurt could be ‘tempted’ to sell for a cut-price in January, as Ndicka’s contract expires next summer, while Serie A giants Juventus are also interested in his signature.
The Verdict: Get it done
Given that Ndicka would be available for a cut-price in January, this is a deal that the North London club simply have to get done.
The Frenchman has been a mainstay in the Frankfurt side this season, and has helped his team pull off emphatic wins against the likes of RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen, while also keeping a clean sheet against Arsenal’s big rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League group stages earlier this month.
Ndicka has been described as an ‘exciting’ talent by Frankfurt journalist Christopher Michel being just 23 years of age, while Michel has also hailed his goal threat from centre-back as ‘enormous’, and his injury record as ‘incredible’.
Ndicka has all of the qualities to become one of the world’s best centre-halves in the future, and being left-footed, would provide great competition for Gabriel in Mikel Arteta’s side.
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