Arsenal are fighting Liverpool for the services of Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan N’Dicka in the summer transfer window, as they seek defensive reinforcements.
Mikel Arteta is looking for a partner for William Saliba next season, with RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano top of the wishlist, but a lack of European football could be a detriment in their pursuit, with the likes of Barcelona also keen.
The fight for the services of £20m-rated N’Dicka will also be fierce, with Napoli and Inter Milan eyeing his services, but Area Napoli report the 21-year-old dreams of a Premier League move.
That seems to put Arsenal and Liverpool at the front of the list in the hunt for the highly-rated defender – but the Gunners have a significant advantage over their Premier League rivals.
N’Dicka lists Aboubacar Traore amongst his entourage and he was one of the men that helped to orchestrate Nicolas Pepe’s record-breaking move to the Emirates Stadium last summer.
Arsenal paid a club-record £72m to land Pepe from Lille last summer, with the representatives of the Ivory Coast international, including Traore, reported to have played a vital role in his decision.
That would appear to give Arsenal an edge over Liverpool in the transfer battle due to their close working relationship, while he’d also have a better chance of making a first-team impact at the Emirates Stadium.
A move to Arsenal would allow N’Dicka to unite with fellow French youngsters Saliba and Matteo Guendouzi, with the trio potentially becoming a significant part of the future of their national side.
However, it remains to be seen how the transfer market will be affected by the coronavirus outbreak which has led to a halt of football across the continent.