Arsenal Round-Up: Battle For RB Leipzig Forward, Bellerin Set to Leave, Bundesliga Defender on Radar

By | February 24, 2021

Tottenham set to hijack Arsenal move for 26-year-old Bundesliga forward

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly determined to secure services of RB Leipzig playmaker Marcel Sabitzer to North London this summer.

The Austria international rose to fame last campaign as he inspired Leipzig to Champions League last-16 triumph over the Spurs, and the capital outfit have been rumoured with a move ever since.

Jose Mourinho’s side were rumoured with a January swoop for the Leipzig man, which failed to materialise, however, RB Leipzig chief Markus Krosche has previously acknowledged that numerous teams are interested in Sabitzer.

Now, German outlet Sport Bild claims that Sabitzer – who has less than 18 months left on his current deal – is likely to depart from RB Leipzig this summer, and Tottenham are at the front of the queue for his services.

The report also suggests that the RB Leipzig view Dominik Szoboszlai – whom they signed in January – as Sabitzer’s successor, however, Spurs will likely have to fend off interest from the Gunners and other teams if they want to land the 26-year-old this summer.

Sabitzer boasts five goals and five assists in all competitions for Julian Nagelsmann’s team this season.

Arsenal 25-year-old defender open to make switch to PSG

Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin is reportedly pondering an Emirates Stadium exit amid interest from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.

The 25-year-old has been with the North London club since he joined from La Liga giants Barcelona as a 16-year-old  and has become a vital player for the London club in recent years.

However, CBS Sports claims that Spanish full-back is keen on a fresh challenge and is ready to consider departure from Arsenal this summer.

PSG head-coach and ex-Tottenham Hotspur head-coach Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be an admirer of the 26-year-old, who has two-and-a-half years left on his current deal.

Mikel Arteta is hoping that his compatriot remains at the Emirates Stadium, however, Bellerin is desperate to challenge for trophies and would rather spend the rest of his football years of his prime away from a club in a transition phase.

Bellerin, who has won three FA Cups with the North London club, has made 22 Premier League games so far this cam, scoring once against Leeds United earlier this month.

Arsenal interested in signing 21-year-old Bundesliga defender

The London giants are in pole position to sign Evan N’Dicka from Eintracht Frankfurt this summer transfer window. U21 France international is also a target for Arsenal’s London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Evan joined the Die Adler from AJ Auxerre in the summer of 2018 and has since gone on to establish himself as a crucial member of the Bundesliga outfit’s squad. In his very first season with the Eagles, N’Dicka was nominated for the Rookie of the Season award.

Since then, the 21-year-old defender has continued to grow in stature and in the current campaign, he has impressed with his displays at the defence, with Bundesliga giants vying for a top-four finish.

After overcoming some injury issues early into the campaign, the French defender has gone on to feature 12 times in all tournaments. Evan’s progress has duly been noted as well, with Gunners and Spurs interested in him.

The winter transfer window saw Gunners trim their squad, with back-line, in particular, one of the areas that were addressed. Shkodran Mustafi ended up joining Schalke 04 while Sokratis had his contract being terminated before he joined Olympiacos.

In addition, William Saliba was loaned out to OGC Nice as well, and his future at Arsenal is far from certain. Tottenham, on the other hand, are in immediate need of a centre-back.

While the Spanish manager does have the likes of Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, David Luiz and Pablo Mari at his disposal in addition to Calum Chambers, it is important to note that David Luiz is on the wrong side of 30, meaning Gunners could do with a new long-term central defensive solution.