Arsenal are expected to be amongst the biggest players in the upcoming summer transfer window. According to recent reports, the team might already be close to locking up a great signing as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his back-line.
Metro's Jamie Sanderson has learned the Gunners are very interested in German right-back Sebastian Jung, and the player's agent's recent comments on the team's potential interest has opened the door for Arsenal to make their move.
Mino Grillo said:
In England we know Arsenal are very strongly on his trail for the summer...
They have had scouts watching him in the Bundesliga. There is was interest in the past from Inter, Roma and Milan, but no recent contact.
The last bit of that quote is key here: The three Italian teams showed interest, but the lack of contact is worth pointing out, according to Grillo. There's no similar statement regarding Arsenal, indicating at least some contact has occurred between both parties.
Sanderson reports the move would involve a fee in the area of £7 million, a bargain by 2014's standards. And while Jung's name might not be well-known outside of the Bundesliga, he could very well be the best value signing of the summer for that price.
Jung would be a typical Wenger-signing, and while plenty of fans will cringe at the sight of those words, signing young, talented players is never a bad thing provided the team also bring in established stars to help offset the inexperienced signings.
The Eintracht Frankfurt-back is oozing with potential, but there's nothing wrong with his current contributions either: Per Squawka.com, Jung has created 38 total chances this season, a more than respectable number for a defender.
Six of those chances have resulted in assists while his offensive contributions haven't been negated by poor defensive play, as the player has only committed a single error all season.
Jung isn't as athletic as current Gunner Bacary Sagna, but he displays more intelligence on the pitch. While he's not as defensively advanced, I can't help but see a young Gianluca Zambrotta.
The former Italy international started his career as a wide player and needed some time to clean up his defensive game after he made the switch, but he had a very similar stride to Jung and played with the same sort of intensity and vision in the attacking third.
I'm not saying Jung will follow a similar career path, but the player's talent is undeniable. Jan Aage Fjortoft saw the same thing when he scouted the player during the last transfer window, back when his club was faced with relegation:
Re: Sebastian Jung from Frankfurt to Arsenal -rumour. Right back.Saw him last night. Big talent. But my source in Frankfurt says: No! 1/2— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) January 26, 2014
Frankfurt in the middle of relegation battle. No BuyOut clause any longer. Looks like Sebastian Jung will stay till summer. 2/2— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) January 26, 2014
Bundesliga Fanatic's Cristian Nyari commented on the player around the same time and thought he would be an adequate replacement for Sagna with an eye on the future:
According to Bild, Arsenal are interested in Eintracht Frankfurt's Sebastian Jung. Would probably be an upgrade over Sagna in long run.— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) January 24, 2014
Despite playing for a smaller team like Frankfurt, the right-back has already been called up to the German national squad, a team not exactly shy of quality wing-backs, with Philipp Lahm, Marcell Jansen, Kevin Grosskreutz and Andreas Beck all more than capable of manning the flank.
Would Sebastian Jung be a good signing for the Gunners?
Jung's future looks awfully bright, and with a relatively small transfer fee seemingly the only thing separating the defender from joining the Gunners, Wenger should be pulling the trigger on this move as soon as possible.
Sure, the player is far from a finished product, but the French manager has found ways to develop youngsters like him for almost two decades now, and there's no reason to think he wouldn't be able to do the same thing with Jung.
Add to that the strong link his agent has already made with the Gunners, and this move becomes a no-brainer. Jung would be an excellent start to what will hopefully be a strong summer transfer window for Arsenal. In five years, the team could look back on his signing as the best bit of business they did all of 2014.