Arsenal plotting swoop for Frankfurt star Evan Ndicka

By on January 13, 2023


Arsenal are reportedly ready to battle out against Premier League rivals and other European clubs in the ‘mad’ race to sign Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan Ndicka, as per CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs.

The Frenchman joined the Bundesliga club back in 2018 for a fee of around £4m. Since moving to the Deutsche Bank Park stadium, the defender has displayed promising performances over the years, helping his side in winning the Europa League last term.

The 23-year-old’s current contract is set to expire at the end of this season and it is highly unlikely that he will sign an extension with Oliver Glasner’s side.

Speaking on The Football Terrace YouTube channel, Jacobs has claimed that Arsenal are looking to take advantage of the Frankfurt defender’s current situation and sign him up for a cut-price fee this month or for free next summer.

However, the journalist says that purchasing the highly talented defender won’t be easy for the Gunners as several Premier League rivals as well as many other European giants are in this ‘mad’ race to sign Ndicka.

Ndicka to Arsenal

Jacobs said:

“There’s a mad, mad chase on all across Europe for the 23-year-old. Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea potentially, even with the arrival of Badiashile and of course Wesley Fofana. Liverpool have kept an eye on him, and then, a whole variety of others across Europe. Paris Saint-Germain is another option.”

After failing to agree on a new deal with Ndicka, it has been reported that Frankfurt are ready to sell the Frenchman this winter and are asking a fee of around €15m (£13m). So, signing a player – who is valued at around £28m by Transfermarkt – for just £13m would be a great business.

It has been touted that Arteta is looking to sign a new left footed centre back in order to provide competition for Gabriel Magalhaes and Ndicka could be an excellent acquisition.

It will be interesting to see whether Arteta’s side will formalise their interest in signing Ndicka this month. However, with the Gunners looking set to spend big on priority target Mykhaylo Mudryk and are also keen on strengthening midfield, they may not have enough financial resources to strengthen the backline as well this month.

Therefore, if Arsenal were to make a move for him then it is more realistic that they will try to sign him up next summer as a free agent.