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Simon Rolfes expects Edmond Tapsoba to remain at Leverkusen, despite Arsenal interest

Arsenal have been dealt a further blow in their pursuit of Edmond Tapsoba, this time by Bayer Leverkusen’s sporting director, Simon Rolfes.

Tapsoba has emerged as a target for the the Gunners in recent days. The young Leverkusen star said to be on Mikel Arteta’s wishlist, according to Tuttomercato web.

However, Tapsoba will come at a big price if he is to leave Leverkusen at all in the summer. As covered on TBR, Bild had reported that the German outfit were seeking over £60m for their man.

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That fee, of course, will present massive problems to the Gunners, given the pandemic’s effects. And in a further blow to any hopes Arsenal had of landing Tapsoba, their sporting director, Simon Rolfes, has said he expects the defender to still be around next season.

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“Edmond should also play a very important role for us next season,” Rolfes told Bild in an interview.

Naturally, this continuing stance from Leverkusen would suggest that Tapsoba is going nowhere at all.

It seems to be a recurring theme at the moment for Arsenal. A number of players, including the likes of Sander Berge and Yves Bissouma, have had big fees placed on their heads.

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There is just no way this deal is getting done if Leverkusen are wanting the sort of money being mentioned. German clubs aren’t silly, they know English clubs have the money.

Tapsoba looks a real talent but in fairness, he’d still be a gamble at the price. And that’s for any club, not just the Gunners.

22 is a young age for a defender and there are many more mistakes and learning curves for the young Tapsoba to take for now. Arsenal, then, could be wise to just move on from this one and keep him on the radar.

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