Arsenal have been linked with Toulouse midfielder Fares Chaibi, but all signs point to a summer move to Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Europa League holders confirmed last week that Daichi Kamada will leave the Commerzbank Arena when his contract expires on July 1st. The good news is that Frankfurt has plenty of experience moving on from and replacing star players.
Following the departures of Luka Jovic, Ante Rebic, Sebastien Haller, and Andre Silva, Die Adler has recovered.
Chaibi, on the other hand, will have big shoes to fill, with Kamada scoring 13 goals and setting up five more in all competitions this season.
Fares Chaibi will not be joining Arsenal.
Though Chaibi, a versatile attacker who can play anywhere along the front line, is putting up some impressive numbers of his own this season. Eight goals and six assists in an outstanding debut season at mid-table Toulouse.
Last year, FootMercato reported that Chaibi piqued Arsenal’s interest.
While nothing is official yet, the 20-year-old Algeria international looks set to play in Germany next season instead. According to FootMercato, Chaibi has reached a’verbal agreement’ with Eintracht Frankfurt.
However, the Bundesliga still has work to do.
The Violets are asking for around £13 million (Frankfurter Rundschau). Markus Krosche, Frankfurt’s sporting director, is attempting to negotiate a lower fee. There is hope that a compromise can be reached before the transfer window closes.
In another boost for Frankfurt, much-admired head coach Oliver Glasner appears to be staying for another season, despite reports linking him to Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Tottenham Hotspur.
“I expect to be back on the bench here next season,” Glasner tells ZDF.
“There is a contract in place until 2024.” It’s not a problem for me that we’re entering our final year, but that isn’t our goal,” Krosche adds. “Our long-term goal is to collaborate.”
“We also made a contract offer.” We are in constant communication. Working together is a lot of fun, and there is no stress.”