Arsenal appears ready to pursue the signing of Bayer Leverkusen star Jeremie Frimpong in the summer. The Bayer Leverkusen right wing-back has garnered attention due to his stellar performances under Xabi Alonso’s tutelage this season, emerging as a prime candidate on Mikel Arteta’s wish list for full-backs.
While the primary focus remains on securing a new striker and central midfielder, Arteta has expressed interest in bolstering the team’s full-back position as well. Initially anticipated to seek acquisitions in all three areas during this transfer window, the focus on securing a full-back is likely to be deferred until June.
Reports from German outlet BILD indicate that Frimpong has a release clause of £34million set to activate in the summer. Arsenal, being fully aware of this clause, are reportedly keen on securing his services at a relatively modest cost.
Frimpong’s recent commitment to Bayer Leverkusen saw him sign a long-term extension, following failed negotiations with Manchester United last summer. Although the Dutch player was purportedly in advanced discussions with United, only Tottenham’s loanee Sergio Reguilon arrived at Old Trafford to reinforce the left-back position, leaving the right flank unaddressed.
The right-back’s extension with Bayer Leverkusen, tying him down until 2028, drew praise from the club’s managing director for sport, Simon Rolfes. He emphasised Frimpong’s evolution into a key figure within the squad and hailed his exceptional performances in the Bundesliga, marking his significance to the team.
Despite Leverkusen’s desire to retain Frimpong, his new contract’s comparatively modest release clause hints at a potential desire for a move elsewhere. Frimpong’s impressive Bundesliga stats – contributing five goals and six assists in 16 appearances this season, averaging a goal contribution every 120 minutes – portray his attacking prowess from the flanks, a style distinct from Arteta’s usual preference for full-backs. Nevertheless, at 23 years old, his adaptable skill set could align with Arteta’s strategic vision for Arsenal.