Talented full-backs are a commodity these days. Everybody wants them given their value in the modern game, though the pursuit of players in more glamourous roles often grabs the attention.
Scores of names have been bandied about as potential replacements, Toulouse’s Serge Aurier and Lukasz Piszczek of Borussia Dortmund to name a few.
Sebastian Jung has is a name also suggested, however, the subject of fresh links to the Emirates of late.
And lo and behold, the German’s agent confirmed the Gunners’ interest in his client this week.
“Arsenal seek him and are very interested in Sebastian,” Antimo Grillo admitted to fcinternews.it.
Yet Grillo also revealed an interesting twist in Jung’s contract situation. Once subject to a release clause, the 23-year-old’s fresh terms at the Commerzbank-Arena don’t contain a similar provision.
“Before the renewal until 2015 Jung had a clause in his contract allowing him to leave for €2.5m,” he continued.
“An offer came, but Sebastian decided not to resort to this solution and renewed with Eintracht.
“He is very attached to the club - for this reason, he decided not to insert a buy-out clause in the new contract.”
Arsenal seem to have a loyal servant of a player on their hands for a transfer target.
Free of a buy-out clause, Eintracht will command as hefty a fee possible for their young star.
And without the player pushing for a move, the task becomes no easier for the Gunners - even with Jung’s contract expiring in June 2015.
“Sebastian is close to the club, so on his part there is no request for a sale.
“If an interested club finds an agreement with Eintracht, a sale could possibly materialise.
“Otherwise, I can’t rule out that he could stay in Frankfurt. As I’ve said, in the Bundesliga expiring contracts aren’t a nightmare.”
An intriguing scenario, this. All signs point to Arsenal having to press quite hard for Jung’s signature, despite Eintracht’s risk of losing him without compensation in a year’s time.
Grillo portrays a dedicated individual, and seemingly an offer too good to refuse must arrive from north London to convince his employers to send him away.