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'Not going on': Fabrizio Romano says Arsenal are no longer interested in rapid £30m star

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Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano spoke on The Here We Go podcast about Arsenal’s pursuit of a new right-back this summer.

The Gunners are likely to sell Hector Bellerin. The Spaniard has dropped down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta in recent weeks. He has played just two times since the start of last month, and his Arsenal career seems like it’s coming to an end.

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Arsenal will have to replace Bellerin this summer. Brighton and Hove Albion star Tariq Lamptey has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates, but Romano has now claimed that Arsenal will not make a move for the former Chelsea man who will be available for £30 million this summer. (Liverpool Echo)

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Romano said: “They (Arsenal) will go for a new right-back because there are huge chances of Hector Bellerin leaving Arsenal this summer.

“At the moment, the situation with Lamptey is not going on. They will go for a different one. They were scouting Lamptey but they are looking for a different right-back.”

The Insider’s View:

On paper, Lamptey seemed like the perfect player to replace Bellerin.

The young Englishman is rapid and knows the Premier League very well. He has been brilliant for Brighton ever since he joined them, but his season-ending injury could well be the reason why Arsenal are looking elsewhere.

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It will be interesting to see who Arsenal will try to sign to replace Bellerin.

Barcelona defender Emerson has been linked (read here), while many reports have claimed that Inter Milan star Achraf Hakimi is on top of Mikel Arteta’s wish list. (read here)

Either player would be a quality addition to our squad, but neither of them will be cheap, which could complicate things for Arteta and co when the summer window opens in a couple of months time.

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