Arsenal report: Gunners sign French wonderkid for FREE

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during a training session at Al Nasr Leisure Land Stadium on December 10, 2022 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign a French superstar ahead of plenty of rivals.

That's according to reports that claim that the Gunners – who are currently on a warm weather training camp in the Middle East – are looking to improve on a winning team that sits top of the Premier League during the international break.

Mikel Arteta's side have found themselves in a surprise title race, finishing the first half of the domestic campaign top of the table by five points heading into the World Cup. But rumours indicate that the north Londoners aren't resting on their laurels and have already agreed a deal that would significantly bolster their squad. 

Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal and Nathan Collins of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal FC at Molineux on November 12, 2022 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.

Gabriel Martinelli has been one of the standout stars of Arsenal's surprising title charge (Image credit: Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Il Romanista in Italy has claimed that Arsenal have reached an agreement to sign the much sought-after Evan Ndicka on a free transfer, once the defender's contract winds up at Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer. 

Tottenham Hotspur have been one of many clubs looking to land the Frenchman – so the Gunners getting their hands on him represents a serious coup. 

The source claims that Ndicka's pending arrival is likely with "more than reasonable certainty" to believe he will join. This will strengthen Arteta's side significantly at the back with another left-footed defender to slot into the backline in place of Gabriel.

Some have believed the Brazilian to be the weak link in the winning side this term, with high-profile mistakes against the likes of Fulham. Ndicka, however, comes very highly-rated from the Bundesliga, having won the Europa League last season and excelled in the Champions League in a group with Tottenham this autumn.

Evan N'Dicka

Evan N'Dicka has already played in north London this season… away to Spurs in the Champions League (Image credit: Getty Images)

With players soon-to-be out of contract able to agree pre-agreements in January, the deal could become official as soon as next month. The agreement that Arsenal have with the player, however, is not binding to a contract in the summer as of yet. 

Ndicka is valued at around €32 million by Transfermarkt

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In recent days, Joao Felix has emerged as a potential superstar signing at the Emirates Stadium. 

With Gabriel Jesus out of action for a while, plans to land Myhailo Mudryk may well be shelved, however. Arsenal are considering re-signing Yunus Musah, while Cody Gakpo is an option, too.

Gabriel Martinelli's contract situation is being watched by Barcelona, meanwhile.

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