Manchester United to rival Arsenal for Bundesliga star with €40m release clause: report

Manchester United and Arsenal managers Erik ten Hag and Mikel Arteta look on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on September 04, 2022 in Manchester, England.
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Arsenal are facing stiff competition from Manchester United for Jeremie Frimpong of Bayer Leverkusen next summer, as both sides look to bolster their right-back position with fresh names.

FootballTransfers that both clubs are keen but, despite the interest of the Red Devils, the player is leaning more towards a move to Mikel Arteta’s side. Indeed, even though Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is interested in the player, it may not be enough to sign him. 

The 22-year-old has been strongly linked with a move away from Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen, at which point a €40 million release clause in his contract will be activated.

Chelsea target Jeremie Frimpong of Bayer 04 Leverkusen looks on during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the Borussia-Park on August 26, 2023 in Moenchengladbach, Germany (Photo by Rene Nijhuis/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Jeremie Frimpong is enjoying a good season in Germany (Image credit: Getty Images)

The relatively low amount has piqued the interest of Arsenal and United, though it’s believed that the stability offered by the Gunners would help them win the race for one of the most exciting young full-backs playing today.

Frimpong has six goals and nine assists this season, being one of the most effective players in Europe’s top five leagues in his position – an amount that tops any of the Red Devils fullbacks.

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The defender has spent a lot of his life in the UK, having moved to the country when he was a youngster. 

He came through the ranks of the Manchester City academy but began his professional career playing with Celtic. The Bhoys are thought to have a 30% sell-on clause in the player’s agreement if he was to move on from Xabi Alonso’s side next year.

Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal, reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on December 02, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Frimpong favours working with Arteta over Ten Hag (Image credit: Getty Images)

The publication states that Arsenal are seeking to strengthen the right side of their defence, even though talks with Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu are set for the future. It’s thought that former Citizens defender Joao Cancelo was a target, but now it’s Frimpong who is in Arteta’s sights to enrich the club next season.

Transfermarkt values Frimpong at €45m.

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Manchester United have been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid and France star Antoine Griezmann. Meanwhile, a former Barcelona defender could potentially be on his way to Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford could also be set to join him, having agreed personal terms with Barcelona. 

Arsenal have new transfer priority following Luton bombshell. They may have to aim for alternative striker targets after being dealt a double blow in their pursuit of two big names. But the Gunners could be about to sign a highly-rated European wonderkid.

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