Arsenal are ready to battle it out with bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur for Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan N’Dicka, according to a report.
The 21-year-old centre-back has caught the attention of both Premier League clubs in North London after emerging as a key part of the Bundesliga side’s rise to fourth in the table
German media outlet Bild is reporting that Arsenal and Tottenham have been impressed with the French defender’s performances in the Bundesliga this season.
The same article states that N’Dicka has established himself as a key member of Eintracht Frankfurt’s team thanks to his consistent performances, earning himself interest from the Premier League.
Arsenal are at the front of the queue to sign N’Dicka given that the defender’s agent Michael N’Cho Obou has “close links” with the north London side.
N’Dicka is one of Mikel Arteta’s top defensive targets as the Spanish head coach looks to improve his options at the back ahead of his second full season in charge.
He could be a long-term replacement for Shkodran Mustafi after the Germany international moved to Schalke 04 in the January transfer window.
The French defender joined Frankfurt on a five-year deal in the summer of 2018 from Ligue 1 side Auxerre.
From there he began featuring in the German side’s Europa League games before earning a start in their Bundesliga matches.
He was then nominated for the Bundesliga Rookie of the Month award, followed by the Rookie of the Season award.
His impressive displays have also seen him receive caps for the various national team age groups.
In 2019, N’Dicka was called up to the France Under-21’s side for the first time.