Brighton and Hove Albion confirmed on their official website yesterday that Arsenal-linked Tariq Lamptey has signed a new deal until the summer of 2025.
The rapid right-back has had a fantastic season in the Premier League this term. His performances have attracted a ton of attention from some of the top clubs in the country, but his new deal was expected to make things difficult.
However, David Ornstein revealed on The Athletic that interested clubs including Arsenal have not been put off by his contract extension.
The report claims that Lamptey’s new deal blocks a move away from Brighton this month. However, the Seagulls will not stop him from leaving in the summer if a good bid arrives.
Brighton, just because Lamptey signed a new deal, will not demand a higher fee than before, according to the report. That has put Arsenal, Manchester City and Everton on high-alert and the trio could try their luck in the summer.
Arsenal already have Hector Bellerin, Cedric Soares and Ainsley Maitland-Niles who can play there. We don’t really need another right-back, but if one of the above leaves, things could change.
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Lamptey is a sensational prospect. The defender, still only 20, has lit up the Premier League this season, and it only a matter of time before a big club makes a move for him.
Arsenal were at the risk of losing Hector Bellerin last summer. PSG were heavily linked with a move for the Spaniard, and if a latest report is to be believed, the French champions, along with Barcelona and Juventus, are eyeing a summer move. (Read more)
If Bellerin leaves in the summer, Lamptey would be a brilliant replacement. The ex-Chelsea man is rapid and as he has shown already this season, his crossing is not too bad either.
Arsenal and Arteta are right to keep an eye on him, but signing him will not be easy considering the competition from his former club Everton and his former boss Pep Guardiola.