Arsenal join Manchester United in race for signing Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan Ndicka
Manchester United have been joined by Arsenal in the race for the signing of Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan Ndicka, according to the Evening Standard (h/t The Sun).
The Gunners are looking to bolster their defensive options by getting a left-footed centre-back. And the 23-year-old is on top of Mikel Arteta’s wishlist. The North London side are eyeing the French defender after missing out on Lisandro Martinez, who moved to Old Trafford from Ajax.
Apart from the Red Devils, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United have also been linked with the signature of Ndicka. His performances with the Bundesliga outfit have turned many heads. And the centre-back’s current contract expires next year.
In the previous campaign, the centre-back helped the German outfit lift the Europa League title after beating Rangers in the final. Die Adler won the match on penalties.
Ndicka signed for Frankfurt in the summer of 2018. And since then, the defender has been a pivotal member of the Bundesliga outfit’s starting XI. He has been essential again in the current campaign, starting most of the fixtures under Oliver Glasner.
United have signed some quality defenders over the years. While Martinez arrived in the recent transfer window, the Red Devils also acquired the signature of Raphael Varane last year.
And the Argentine and French duo have formed a formidable partnership in the backline for the Red Devils. We have looked solid with the two pairing together in the defence.
After a shaky start to the 2022/23 campaign under Erik ten Hag, the Dutch manager opted to drop Harry Maguire to the bench and replace him with the 2018 World Cup winner. Since then, we have only lost against Manchester City when Varane and Martinez have started together.
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Maguire and Victor Lindelof have fallen down the pecking order this season. And if either of them decides to leave next summer, Ndicka could be an option to add depth to our defence. With his age, he would also be a long-term investment – if we do manage to get him.