Arsenal are “interested” in signing Bayer Leverkusen wingback Jeremie Frimpong, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
Writing in his Daily Briefing Substack column, the journalist said that both the Gunners and Bayern Munich have scouted the former Manchester City and Celtic player recently.
Frimpong has been in excellent form this season, having scored 6 goals and provided 7 assists in 17 appearances, helping Xabi Alonso’s team to the top of the Bundesliga table.
It has also been revealed by the German media that the 22-year-old has a €40m (£34.6m) release clause in his contract, and Romano has confirmed the existence of that clause.
A number of Premier League teams have been linked with Frimpong
Last season, Manchester United seriously contemplated making an offer for the Netherlands international, before opting to keep faith with their two current right-backs, Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, instead.
The likes of Liverpool and Chelsea have also been mentioned as potential suitors by other sources, but it does seem as if Arsenal and Bayern are the two likeliest candidates to make a move for the defender at the moment.
Who would Frimpong replace in Arsenal’s starting eleven?
Considering he is most comfortable at wingback, there isn’t a position in Mikel Arteta’s team that would be an ideal fit for Frimpong but it’s logical to assume that he would provide competition for both Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu.
The Bayer Leverkusen star will need to improve his defending but his ability in the final third of the pitch would give the Gunners an extra dimension, with a player bombing on from fullback on the right-hand side of the pitch. It remains to be seen though whether the London club will trigger the player’s buyout clause.