Arsenal and Tottenham are both interested in signing Brighton right-back Tariq Lamptey, according to reports in the English media.
The former Chelsea player has been a long-term target for the Gunners, but Spurs have also entered the race for the defender’s signature recently.
Lamptey’s asking price is, though, reportedly £50m and a lot of fans on Twitter believe Arsenal should allow their North London rivals to sign the fullback if he costs that much:
50 Mil??? Ur joking
— Captain_Page 🇦🇺 (@pAge_y0u) January 7, 2022
50 is too much. 30 is OK.
— odinaks Nakalee (@odinaks) January 7, 2022
If that’s his price spurs can have him
— Cal (@Saunders14Cal) January 7, 2022
Brighton likes £50m from arsenal wtfu😂😂
— Philips (@philip5son) January 7, 2022
50 mil wtf
— Emil Lundström (@EmilLundstrm3) January 7, 2022
Really? 50m for lamptey as backup for Tomi?
— 💛AKaiOnce_OrbitKep1ianDive_320 ❤🍭 (@Aik_Kaisone96) January 7, 2022
50 mil 😭😭😭 I prefer tomiyasu
— ramsdaleinyourhead (@upthetown111) January 7, 2022
Would love him here to fight for the RB position but not for 50 mil
— Reiner 🇵🇭🇸🇪 (@AFCReVi) January 7, 2022
Surely can’t cost 50m, anything >25m, I would walk away, he’s not coming in to be a guaranteed starter or whatever
— NL (@NLNL58) January 7, 2022
While signing a more attack-minded right-back will be on the club’s agenda, the form of Takehiro Tomiyasu means bringing in competition for the Japanese international is not urgent.
If Lamptey’s price tag is £50m then it kind of makes the decision for the Gunners. The 21-year-old is clearly a very talented young player, who would add quality to Mikel Arteta’s squad, but his valuation is way too high, considering his lack of experience and past injury record.
Gooner News is looking forward to a more prosperous new year in 2022 as we move into the business end of the season. You can look for more extensive coverage of Arsenal on our blog but also look for the addition of some up and coming publishers to our news aggregation pages – GoonerNews.com as we continue to bring you the most varied and complete coverage of all things Arsenal.