Arsenal keen to pursue Barkok deal

According to Tutto Mercato Web, Arsenal want to sign Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Aymen Barkok in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

Unai Emery secured his first signing as Arsenal boss on Tuesday, with experienced defender Stephan Lichtsteiner due to move to the Emirates Stadium following the expiration of his Juventus contract.

Emery is expected to be busy this summer, however, with the Frenchman given funds to improve the squad following his arrival from Paris Saint-Germain.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, the Gunners are interested in Frankfurt midfielder Barkok, who made 10 appearances for his Bundesliga club during the 2017-18 campaign.

Barkok has spent the last five years with Frankfurt following a move from Kickers Offenbach, and is reportedly seen as a potential future first-team player for Arsenal.

That said, Serie A outfit Torino are also said to be closely monitoring developments.

What are Barkok’s credentials?

As mentioned above, Barkok moved to Frankfurt in 2013, and the midfielder signed his first professional contract with the German outfit in 2016.

The German’s first-team debut for Frankfurt came in November 2016, and he has since made 29 appearances for his Bundesliga outfit – scoring twice and registering three assists.

Barkok mainly operates in an attacking midfield position, but there is no question that the Germany Under-21 international has the technical qualities to drop into a deeper position.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, Arsenal plan to stick to a net spend of £50m this summer, and it is unlikely that Barkok would break the bank.

The Gunners, meanwhile, have also been linked with a move for Trabzonspor teenager Abdulkadir Omur as the summer transfer window gathers pace ahead of the 2018 World Cup.