Manchester United join Newcastle United in transfer race for Eintracht Frankfurt centre-back Evan Ndicka
According to the German newspaper Sport Bild [Print Edition] (h/t The Sun), Manchester United have entered the race to sign Eintracht Frankfurt centre-back Evan Ndicka amidst interest from Newcastle United for a potential transfer. He has been terrific throughout this season, making him one of the best central defenders in the Bundesliga during that period.
Incoming manager Erik ten Hag is keen to strengthen the centre-back position before the next term. As such, Man United have identified Ndicka as a transfer target and are looking to bring him to Old Trafford. Newcastle are once again searching the market to use their financial might and would pose a stern challenge for those at Manchester.
The Frenchman’s contract with Frankfurt is up after the next campaign, which has made him available on a cut-price deal this summer. He is thought to cost only £17million in transfer fees which is a great piece of news for the Red Devils, especially when they also need to bolster other areas.
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A centre-half in trade, the 22-year-old could also put a shift in as a left-back which is always a good bonus to have as it provides Ten Hag with options in a worst-case scenario. More importantly, Ndicka has become quite accustomed to playing in a back three or a back two with great precision.
That makes the Bundesliga defender an even more attractive prospect for the Manchester side. He has helped his side to eight clean sheets this campaign alongside four goals and assists each from 41 matches across all competitions.
Standing 192cm tall, the Frankfurt star is a dominating presence in the air inside both boxes, which adds to his list of abilities. As a ball-playing centre-back, one could say that he can be a replacement for Harry Maguire, who has quite often struggled to perform consistently this term.
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Ndicka has also stood out for his ability to break down opposition plays before it threatens his side. All in all, he has shown all the qualities to be a top-notch central defender making him another one of the talented French centre-backs who has risen to the top in recent years.
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The Magpies are on the rise, and they cannot be underestimated in any case. However, the fans remain hopeful that the prospect of playing at a bigger club could convince the French centre-half to switch to the red side of Manchester.
Ndicka’s asking price makes him a feasible signing, plus he also possesses all the qualities to lead our backline under the new project we are looking to build under Ten Hag. As such, it would be wise on the club’s part to complete a move at the earliest before more interested parties enter the transfer race.