Arsenal are keeping a close eye on a couple of youngsters and Mikel Arteta may have a secret weapon in his armoury in the battle to land the stars.
The Gunners gained north London bragging rights with a 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Sunday. But the result still leaves them languishing in 10th place in the top-flight standings.
They may have won three of their last five games but it has been an underwhelming campaign at the Emirates. And it seems as though the Spanish tactician is eager to do something about it in the off-season.
Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan N’Dicka is said to be the player that Arteta wants to shore up his backline. The 21-year-old has established himself at the Bundesliga outfit, starting 15 league games this season.
He began the campaign on the bench after suffering an ankle injury but is now firmly established in Adi Hutter’s side. The France Under-21 ace has also chipped in with a couple of goals as Die Adler sit fourth in the standings.
They are two points clear of fifth-placed Borussia Dortmund and have a real opportunity of qualifying for the Champions League. That could be a sticking point to Arsenal’s hopes of signing him.
There is no chance of the Gunners reaching Europe’s elite club competition for next season. But Express Sport claim Arsenal have already held talks with his representatives over a possible summer move.
He cost Frankfurt £4.7million in 2018 but the Premier League outfit would need to fork out considerably more. A figure of around £19m has been mentioned for the rangy centre-back.
The club has a decent relationship with his agent Michael N’Cho Ibou, who also has another Arsenal target on his books.
Arteta looks to the south coast
That player is Brighton star Yves Bissouma, who has been superb for the Seagulls this term. Arsenal may also look to strengthen their midfield and the Mali international seems on their wish list.
Much will depend on whether Graham Potter’s side remain in the Premier League. Relegation would almost certainly see many of Brighton’s top stars seek employment elsewhere.
They are three points above the drop zone and face a nervy run-in to the end of the season. Bissouma has made 26 league appearances in 2020-2021 and impressed in a struggling side.
Liverpool were linked with the youngster in January, with Jurgen Klopp said to be a big fan.
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