According to Karadeniz Gazete , Liverpool and Arsenal are set to battle it out for Eintracht Frankfurt’s Evan Ndicka after reports emerged that the Bundesliga outfit have already identified the Frenchman’s replacement and Jurgen Klopp should act quickly to help sweeten any potential deal.
Frankfurt are on the verge of seeing yet another one of their top assets being snagged by a Premier League team. Sebastien Haller made a big-money switch to West Ham last summer while Ante Rebic and Luka Jovic were also sold to European opposition and now another fan favourite may be on his way out of the Commerzbank Arena.
Sky Sports recently reported that Liverpool and Arsenal have their hearts set on a left-side centre-half with the Reds expected to lose Dejan Lovren at the end of the season.
Ndicka, 20, is one of Europe’s most promising up-and-coming defender and, with a £23 million transfer fee being touted, it appears Frankfurt could be set to lose another talented starlet to another of the continent’s biggest heavyweights.
Frankfurt, who reached the Europa League semi-finals last season, reportedly already have a replacement in-line to replace the youngster and Liverpool could have an ace in the hole that could aid their approach for Ndickia.
While the Bundesliga outfit have contacted Trabzonspor to enquire about the availability of 22-year-old Huseyin Turkmen although Liverpool could provide Frankfurt with an alternative and cheaper option.
Lovren, 31, has been linked with a summer exit from Merseyside with both Arsenal and Tottenham linked with a move for the Croatia international.
The combative central defender is currently embarking on his sixth season with Liverpool following his £20 million [BBC Sport] move from Southampton in 2014 and is likely to move on once the transfer window eventually reopens.
Lovren enjoyed a sustained run in the team before the turn of the new year alongside Virgil van Dijk and was enjoying a fine run alongside the UEFA Player of the Year before a muscle injury hampered his progress.
Since the setback, the World Cup finalist has started just one PL match for Liverpool – a 3-0 defeat at Watford – and Lovren has since fallen behind in the defensive pecking order to Joe Gomez.
The reality is that Lovren is at a stage in his career where he is still in the latter stages of his peak and needs to be playing as regularly as he can.
Lovren nearly joined AC Milan in the previous summer window and is soon to enter the final 12 months of his current deal, a summer exit is likely and Liverpool could use the former Saints defender as a sweetener for reported target Ndicka.
Liverpool’s PL rivals Arsenal are also interested in Ndicka but unlike Liverpool, are not in a position to offload any of their central defensive options which could hand the Reds an advantage in their pursuit of the France U21 international.