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'Keep an eye': Romano says Arsenal are 'convinced' by £60m defender, don't rule out future bid

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Fabrizio Romano has suggested on the Arsenal Lounge that Edmond Tapsoba may well go back on Arsenal’s radar in the future.

One to watch

The Bayer Leverkusen central defender was linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer, but Arsenal couldn’t afford to do a deal.

In the end, Arsenal made Ben White their first choice central defensive signing, with the Brighton & Hove Albion man now set for a move to the North London club in the near future.

But Romano says that Arsenal could well return for Tapsoba in the future, such was the level of their interest this time around.

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And he expects the Gunners to keep tabs on the Burkina Faso international over the coming season.

“I would keep an eye on Taposba for the future,” he said. “This summer they have signed Ben White as new centre back,.

“But they were really keen on Tapsoba this summer. Then he had an injury and his price was out of market, they were asking for around 65/70 million Euro [£60 million].

“But Arsenal will continue following this guy, they are convinced he could be one for the future.’

Expensive defence?

If Arsenal were to follow up the signing of White with Tapsoba in the near future then they could have one of the most expensive centre-back pairings in world football at the club.

Tapsoba is unlikely to come cheaply even in a year’s time, and his value may even rise to greater heights if he puts together another strong season.

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Tapsoba was one of the Bundesliga’s most promising players last term, and at the age of 22 still has plenty of room to develop.

The appeal of him to Arsenal is clear, as he is rapid – but also technically excellent.

And the latest update on Tapsoba may give Arsenal fans a reason to keep a firm eye on Leverkusen games over the course of the season.

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