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Arsenal need to prioritise other summer targets over Edmond Tapsoba - TBR View

With David Luiz departing Arsenal this week, signing a new centre-back is seemingly on the agenda for the Gunners.

The Brazilian international will missed in the squad, with Luiz a player who was well respected in the dressing room. And Arsenal are reportedly already on the hunt for the 34-year-old’s replacement.

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Sky-high potential

According to Sport1 journalist Patrick Berger, the Gunners are interested in Bayer Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba. The 22-year-old centre-back is valued at €60m (£51.7m), with other Premier League clubs also keen on the Burkina Faso international.

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To say Tapsoba is rated highly would be an understatement. Former coach Ivo Vieira told Kicker via Bulinews that the centre-back ‘can become of the greatest’ players in the world.

Indeed, such high praise could be seen as a sign from Arsenal fans that Tapsoba should be signed immediately. Yet the 22-year-old, and any centre-back in general, should not be Mikel Arteta’s transfer priority this summer.

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Focussing on other areas

Football.london report that the Gunners are interested in signing a goalkeeper, left-back and right-back as well as a creative midfielder, Arsenal appear not too keen on recruiting a new centre-back this summer.

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With William Salbia and Konstantinos Mavropanos also returning to the north London side from their respective loan spells, the Gunners will be well-stocked on young defensive talent heading into next season.

Tapsoba’s price tag also makes the former Vitoria Guimaraes defender a player who could be well out of Arsenal’s financial range. Especially with other Premier League clubs snooping around the Leverkusen defender.

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Although there is talk of club owners KSE investing in the squad this summer, spending just over £50m on a player in a position that does not need development would be an unwise source of spending from the Arsenal kingpins.

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