AS Roma set to beat Manchester United in free agent Evan Ndicka race
Manchester United are set to be beaten by AS Roma in the race to acquire the services of Evan Ndicka in the upcoming transfer window, according to Corriere dello Sport via Spanish outlet Fichajes.
The Italian outfit are keen on bolstering their squad ahead of next season. To that end, the Serie A giants are close to getting a hold of their first signing this summer, with the former Eintracht Frankfurt star in the Giallorossi’s sights.
Jose Mourinho’s team are close to securing the Ivory Coast national’s signature for free. The centre-back will sign a five-year contract at the Rome-based club.
Ndicka will be a free agent at the end of this month. The defender’s deal with Eintracht Frankfurt is set to expire. Apart from Roma, the centre-back has also been on the radar of the Red Devils and AC Milan.
The Ivorian signed for the Bundesliga outfit in the summer of 2018. Over the years, the 23-year-old has been a pivotal member of the German side’s starting lineup.
In the 2021/22 campaign, Oliver Glasner’s team went on to lift the Europa League title. Ndicka was a key player for Die Adler as they went unbeaten from the UEL group stages to the final.
United have an abundance of talent at the back for now. We were impressive defensively in Erik ten Hag’s first season in charge, keeping 17 clean sheets in the Premier League.
Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez have formed a solid partnership at the Old Trafford side. The French and Argentine nationals have been the gaffer’s go-to duo. But the Dutch manager can also call upon Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.
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There is immense competition to get regular minutes in the Old Trafford side’s backline. At Roma, Ndicka will seemingly find it easier. Therefore, from the player’s perspective, a move to Italy makes sense.