Arsenal remain keen on signing Brighton defender Tariq Lamptey this summer, as reports emerged suggesting Hector Bellerin could leave the club.
Bellerin is said to have told Arsenal he wants to leave. The Spanish defender is seeking a new challenge it seems, leaving Gunners boss Mikel Arteta with another conundrum to solve.
However, it appears Arteta does have his eye on a few replacements. As well as Norwich defender Max Aarons, Duncan Castles – speaking on the Transfer Window podcast – says Tariq Lamptey is still an option for the club.
“Tariq Lamptey at Brighton (is an option) and if you’re looking for an attacking right back, then he is a fit. I think the issue with Lamptey is, if you play him in a back four he’s probably not as clever an answer defensively due to a lack of height,” Castles said.
“That may be the consideration for Arsenal in terms of Lamptey. But if Arteta switches to a back three, then Lamptey might be the ideal and younger replacement for Bellerin.”
Lamptey only signed a new Brighton deal back in January. However, as we all know, contracts can often mean little in the world of football, especially in the Premier League.
TBR View: Lamptey an outstanding full-back who would improve Arsenal
There’s no doubt that Tariq Lamptey would give Arsenal improvement down the flank. As Castles says, his height is a bit of a worry but his other qualities outweigh that ‘issue’.
Lamptey has been impressive. So much so, that former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson lauded him earlier in the season, telling Sky Sports that he believed the Brighton man was ‘very, very good player’.
Brighton will demand a big fee you can imagine. But in terms of long-term investments, few will be better suited to Arsenal than Lamptey.