So far this season, Lamptey has impressed over his 11 Premier League appearances for Brighton & Hove Albion, scoring one goal and providing one assist, as well as making an average of 1.7 interceptions, 1.5 tackles and 0.9 key passes per game, culminating in an average SofaScore match rating of 6.85/10 – ranking him as Graham Potter’s ninth-best player in the top flight.
As a result of his fine performances, it has been reported that Mikel Arteta is interested in the possibility of signing the £35,000-per-week 20-year-old this summer, and, speaking on a recent episode of the Here We Go podcast, Romano confirmed Arsenal’s interest in the England U21 international.
He said: “I can confirm that Arsenal are scouting him, they are following him closely. But, just to clarify – at the moment there is nothing close. It’s just scouting a player [who is] appreciated, but there is nothing close to an agreement with Brighton. There are no advanced negotiations.
“I can say that Arsenal want to sign a right-back, but they have a list – there are many names. Within these names, Lamptey is appreciated, but there is nothing advanced. So, I expect [Arsenal to make a move for] a right-back in the market, but let’s see if will be Lamptey or another one.”
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TIF Thoughts on Fabrizio Romano’s comments regarding Tariq Lamptey…
From Romano’s comments, it would indeed appear as if Arsenal are keeping a very close eye on Lamptey ahead of a potential summer move, however, he is not the only player in the position the Gunners are considering.
On a related note, Arteta’s search for a new right-back would appear to signal the end of Hector Bellerin’s spell in north London, and with Barcelona reported to be interested in the 25-year-old, perhaps the income from the Spaniard’s departure could be reinvested in a new target, such as Lamptey. Therefore, perhaps Romano’s claim doesn’t quite need the proverbial pinch of salt.