Arsenal have been warned they will have to ‘dig deep’ if they wish to sign Evan N’Dicka from Eintracht Frankfurt this summer.
N’Dicka has been one of Frankfurt’s best players this season, playing a key role in his side’s push for a Champions League place.
That’s apparently earned him attention from England, with Arsenal, Southampton and Tottenham all said to be keen on him last month.
That report from BILD stated that Arsenal had something of an advantage in the race for his signature as his agent, Michaël N’Cho Ibou, had good connections at the Emirates after brokering the deal for Nicolas Pépé.
That has since been followed up in England, where it was recently claimed that Arsenal had held contact with N’Cho Ibou about a move.
Frankfurter Neue Presse cover the interest today and warn the Gunners that N’Dicka will ‘certainly not be cheap’ if they pursue a deal.
It’s explained that while N’Dicka currently has a market value of €22.5m, ‘the trend is rising’, and his valuation is unlikely to remain at that point for too long.
In addition to that, the defender has a contract until 2023, and so Frankfurt have ‘no pressure’ to sell him this year.
Thus, any interested parties would have to ‘dig deep into their pockets’ if they want to sign the ‘defensive gem’ in the summer transfer market.
Indeed, FNP even argue against a move to Arsenal, stating that it would be difficult for the 21-year-old to get the same playing time he gets at Frankfurt, and that would be a ‘setback’ for his development.
The tone is very much that Arsenal would not be a smart move for him to make, and, even if they want him, they’ll have to pay far more than the price that has been suggested in England.