Arsenal, Tottenham and Southampton are all scouting Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan N’Dicka ahead of a potential transfer swoop, a report has claimed.
However, Arsenal could have a significant advantage in the race due to one of Mikel Arteta’s recent star men.
N’Dicka shares the same agent as Nicolas Pepe, who moved from Lille to north London in the summer of 2019.
Therefore, intermediary Michael N’Cho Ibou has a strong working relationship with Arsenal, which could come to fruition again.
After struggling for form ever since moving to Arsenal, Pepe started his fourth successive game on Tuesday. What’s more, his goal and all-round performance against Wolves led to Martin Keown raving over his performance.
While the Ivory Coast international is in the spotlight, however, BILD insists that N’Dicka’s future has yet to become the centre of attention among clubs keen on his signature.
The 21-year-old came through Auxerre’s academy in his native France, before signing for Frankfurt in 2018.
But despite in his teenage years, he immediately entered the first team, helping to keep six clean sheets in 27 Bundesliga appearances in his first season.
Last term, meanwhile, he continued to play regularly, but a ligament injury halted his progress this time around.
BILD does not put a valuation on N’Dicka’s exit. However, he will have two years left on his contract at the end of the season.
As well as his growing influence in Frankfurt, N’Dicka made his first Under-21 international appearance in September 2019.
Willock vents disappointment at Arsenal
Elsewhere, Joe Willock has admitted frustration at the level of playing time he earned at Arsenal this season.
The 21-year-old midfielder left the Gunners for Newcastle on deadline day, in a loan deal until the end of the season.
What’s more, he has admitted shock at the plan laid out for him from Magpies boss Steve Bruce.