Liverpool and Arsenal have been linked with Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan Ndicka in recent weeks, and a report has emerged claiming the 20-year-old’s parent club is lining up a replacement.
The Karadeniz Gazete has reported that the Bundesliga outfit have chosen Trabzonspor defender Huseyin Turkmen as the reported Reds and Gunners target’s successor.
A number of clubs around Europe, including Jurgen Klopp’s side and Mikel Arteta’s outfit, had seemingly been monitoring Ndicka before football across the continent was suspended (Sky Sports).
As well as Liverpool and Arsenal, other reported suitors include Valencia, Sevilla, Inter Milan and AC Milan.
Ndicka, a left-footed centre-back, has thoroughly impressed for Frankfurt this season, with 25 appearances in all competitions, plus a goal and two assists to boot.
With the France Under-21 man in such high demand, the Karadeniz Gazete claims Frankfurt have contacted Trabzonspor to enquire about the availability of Turkmen.
Should the versatile 22-year-old join the Bundesliga side, it could pave the way for Ndicka to make a switch to Anfield, the Emirates Stadium or elsewhere.
Ndicka is one of Europe’s most promising young defenders, a versatile 6ft 4in ace who excels both at centre-back and left-back, and as such it’s little surprise that he’s being linked with Liverpool and Arsenal.
He is reported by Tuttosport to have a 25million Euro (£23million) price tag, which is unlikely to deter either the Reds of the Gunners, while his young age means there’s still so much potential that either Klopp or Arteta can work with.
If the report is true regarding Turkmen being earmarked as a replacement, it could be very interesting news for both the Merseysiders and the North Londoners in terms of making their interest in Ndicka more concrete.