Pacho transfer fee set as PL clubs sharpen knives

The potential Willian Pacho transfer fee has been shared by Sky Sports Germany's Florian Plettenberg, should clubs want to buy him from Eintracht Frankfurt this summer. The centre-back will be allowed to leave for between €50-60m (£43-51m), with a couple of Premier League clubs interested.

Arsenal and Liverpool have reportedly inquired about him, as Pacho is considered a key player for Frankfurt and his contract does not run out until 2028. Still, the title-chasing duo can sign him if they cough up the money, as we analyse how he could fit into both teams.

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Pacho transfer fee: Should Arsenal or Liverpool sign the Frankfurt star?

Pacho has missed just three games in all competitions over the whole season for Frankfurt so far, showcasing his durability. He would be a smart signing for Liverpool in this sense, as they have suffered injury problems to the backline all season to the likes of Ibrahima Konate and Joel Matip among others.

Arsenal could also do with another centre-back to ease the burden off William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes, who have played the most minutes of any Gunner this campaign. The likes of Ben White, Jakub Kiwor, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jurrien Timber can all play at centre-half, but have mostly been used as full-backs by Mikel Arteta.

Pacho has been a standout player for a Frankfurt side currently occupying a European place in the Bundesliga table. Nobody in the squad averages more interceptions (1.5), clearances (4.5) or passes (69.4) per league game than him, and at 22 years old, he can only get better.

Arsenal or Liverpool could pay as little as £43m for the Ecuadorian, which is not a huge sum in today's market considering some of the prices centre-backs have gone for in the past. Nonetheless, Pacho would be an astute signing for either club this summer.

Adam is a lead writer on Football Whispers. He is a big Arsenal fan, and also follows his local club Wealdstone, made famous by The Wealdstone Raider, of whom he has interviewed. Adam also follows darts, boxing, cricket and tennis, among many other sports.