Arsenal have received a potential transfer swipe, with news that Tottenham have now agreed a fee for Djed Spence – a player the Gunners were linked with before the summer.
The Daily Mirror reported towards the end of last season that Arsenal were lining up a £20million transfer for the 21-year-old.
However, it is Spurs who look set to bring Spence to North London. The Times reported on Thursday that the ‘incredible’ youngster could complete a £12million transfer on Friday.
In truth, Arsenal didn’t seem linked for some time. Some may therefore wonder if this is such a big disappointment for Mikel Arteta’s team.
But, based on this week’s reports, the Gunners are still looking for a new right-back. Fortunately, missing Spence can actually be very good news for Arsenal.
Athletic have claimed Arsenal are monitoring Kyle Walker-Peters. However, it was also noted that Tottenham agreed a buyout clause worth £30million when selling the 25-year-old to Southampton.
And subsequently, it was reported that Spurs were exploring the possibility of re-signing the England international.
However, you have to assume that signing Spence will take Spurs out of the race to sign Walker-Peters.
Tottenham’s move for Spence surely helps Arsenal in Walker-Peters pursuit
Of course, that’s not the only hurdle Arsenal would have to jump over if they make a bid.
Southampton will surely want more than £30m for the full-back if the Gunners come calling. And that asking price is only going to increase as the season draws closer.
But Tottenham should now have three right-backs. And Spence could potentially end up as a top pick for many years to come.
So a return for Walker-Peters is surely out of the question. And it could just help Arsenal if they decide to confirm their interest with an offer.
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