Everton are reportedly interested in acquiring the services of German defender Arne Friedrich. The 31-year-old has impressed for his country during this year’s World Cup and could be available at a knock-down price after his club Hertha Berlin’s relegation from the Bundesliga at the end of last season.
The German defender initially began his career at right-back, where he played for both club and country. However, in early 2009 Joachim Leow, the suave manager of the German national team, opted to place him at centre-back.
After the switch, Friedrich, who had often looked uneasy playing right-back at international level, appeared much more comfortable. So comfortable in fact that he then displaced Christoph Metzelder – who had appeared at centre-back for Germany at the previous World Cup and in Euro 2008 – to take his position in Germany’s 2010 squad.
Friedrich won his first international cap under Rudi Voller’s management in 2002 after making only a couple of appearances for his club Hertha. Interestingly, after 8 years of international football, Friedrich now holds the dubious honour of being the most capped German player never to have scored.
Everton’s target has been quoted saying that he is ‘totally open’ to a move to England, but the Toffee’s will have to act swiftly as other German clubs are also interested in the man who has been dubbed ‘Mr Reliable’.
Wolfsburg have already had a £1million offer rejected as Berlin coach Markus Babbel hopes to acquire double that amount for the international defender who has made over 200 appearances for Die Alte Dame.
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