Key figure in Pepe deal sets Liverpool back as Arsenal hunt £20m target

Date published: Saturday 28th March 2020 12:25 - Jonny Whitfield

A key member of Evan N’Dicka’s entourage could play a vital role in pushing Arsenal ahead of Liverpool in the race for the Frankfurt defender, according to reports.

The 20-year-old Frenchman, who represents his country at Under-21 level, has risen to prominence in the Bundesliga this season, making 25 appearances in all competitions.

His performances have reportedly caught the eye of both Liverpool and Arsenal, with the Reds said to be ahead of their Premier League rivals in the race to secure a deal due to their need to replace Dejan Lovren.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are expected to make Pablo Mari’s loan deal permanent and will be able to rely on William Saliba from next season; the Gunners signed the 19-year-old from St Etienne last summer before sending him back to Ligue 1 this term.

According to the Daily Star, however, the presence of Aboubacar Traore working with £20million-rated N’Dicka could be vital in helping Arsenal broker a deal for the centre-back.

Traore reportedly played a vital role in getting Nicolas Pepe‘s move to The Emirates over the line last summer, which could offer an advantage for the Gunners’ transfer hopes.

It is claimed that the “close working relationship” will be crucial if Arsenal are to pull ahead of the Reds.

Pepe, meanwhile, arrived in North London with big expectations, having cost £72million to be paid in several instalments.

 

 

However, the Ivory Coast international has only managed four goals and six assists in 24 Premier League appearances.

In other news, one pundit has outlined why striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be cautious about making a move to Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

Aubameyang, who has just over a year left on his deal at Arsenal, has been strongly linked with Old Trafford and Spanish giants Barcelona in recent months.

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