Premier League giants Arsenal are reportedly chasing Brighton defender Tariq Lamptey but they could face a complicated chase for the defender.
The Sun have recently reported about the right-back’s situation, saying that the Gunners hold an interest in the former Chelsea youngster.
Lamptey’s future is uncertain amidst Arsenal interest
The report from The Sun has claimed that Lamptey’s future at Brighton is currently uncertain and, when he joined the Seagulls, Chelsea inserted a sell-on clause in the deal.
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As things stand, Arsenal are reportedly the front-runners to sign the right-back, as they could be looking to bolster that position in the summer – especially since Hector Bellerin is of interest to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Sun added that Brighton could well increase their asking price for Lamptey because of Chelsea’s sell-on clause in the contract, and this could end up complicating the situation for Mikel Arteta’s side.
Lamptey could be a smart signing for Arsenal
Lamptey has done well for the Seagulls this season, making 11 Premier League appearances and contributing a goal and three assists (Transfermarkt). The Englishman has racked up a pretty good rating of 6.73 as well, with only six Brighton players outperforming him (Whoscored).
This also happens to be his first full season in top-flight football at the tender age of 20. This might be a reflection of his vast potential to develop in the future and, in Lamptey, Arsenal could get a player who can mature even further over the coming years. BBC pundit Alan Shearer is fully convinced about the youngster, whose performances this season he has described as “outstanding“.
Lamptey is currently valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, so he might not cost too much money either.
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