Barcelona is contacted by Benjamin Pavard of Bayern
Kicker claims that Pavard, who will have just one year left on his contract in the summer, is "currently evaluating the market." The Catalan giants "don't seem to be against" the possibility of signing the France international, who has "already contacted Barcelona." Barcelona is reportedly looking for "a six, a winger, and a right-back" in the summer, although they are unsure of their budgetary options.
Pavard has previously acknowledged that he might be drawn to a new challenge in another nation, but Bayern Munich still seems eager to cling on to the defender. For Barcelona, right-back is still a position of difficulty. The Catalans were rumored to add a new defender in January, but it appears they lack the funds to do so. Hector Bellerin was signed in the summer, but nothing has really transpired for him yet, and it appears that he will be out of work once more when his contract expires at the end of the current campaign.
Barca interest in Pavard
Barcelona eyeing Arsenal target
FC Barcelona is allegedly interested in signing Evan Ndicka from Eintracht Frankfurt, despite recent rumors that Arsenal and the center-back had reached an agreement to transfer him to north London.
The La Liga powerhouses are reportedly displaying "serious interest" in signing Ndicka this year, as the defender's deal with Frankfurt is set to expire at the conclusion of this campaign. According to a recent rumor from CalcioMercatoWeb, Arsenal and the French star have already reached an agreement.
With Barcelona suddenly appearing interested in signing Ndicka this month, the UEFA Champions League rock, who is regarded by many as one of the top defenders in the Bundesliga, was predicted to be one of the most sought-after names in the January transfer window.
Xavi wants teenage La Liga right-back
It was obvious that Hector Bellerin was just brought in as an emergency option and was not particularly high on the club's wish list when Barcelona purchased him on transfer deadline day last summer. Bellerin, a former La Masia prospect, has had trouble reaching the standard required for the Blaugrana. As a result, manager Xavi Hernandez has passed him over in favor of players like Sergi Roberto, Ronald Araujo, Jules Kounde, and even left-back Alejandro Balde.
Ndicka will have competition for the Catalan club's services in the upcoming months, according to Sport1, who reports that the 23-year-decision old's to remain in Frankfurt is still very likely despite intense interest and rumors from teams like Arsenal.
Evan Ndicka from Eintracht Frankfurt receives attention from coach Xavi
Ndicka is a Bundesliga standout who is made all the more valuable by his ability to play with his left foot. And for Arsenal, taking first place in the competition for the Frenchman would be a major victory for Mikel Arteta's team, which might use a little more protection in the center of the defense. Barcelona won't go down without a fight, though, as we all know. Ndicka may decide to transfer to the Nou Camp rather than the Emirates Stadium if Xavi Hernandez is successful in putting a bid on the table for him this month.
Ndicka appears to be the next player the Basque manager is eager to add to the north London side's expanding ranks of talented youth. Arteta's transfer policy with Arsenal over the past 18 months has been nothing short of amazing. The defender's interest in joining Barcelona should cause serious concern. As is well known, despite their dire financial situation, Barca are not hesitant to spend a lot of money on a player they deem deserving of the task. And because Barcelona is a team that all the big names in football want to be a part of, missing out on Ndicka for Arsenal is a serious possibility.