Arsenal ‘open talks’ for relegated Prem defender as deal ‘could develop quickly’ amid Arteta aim

Ciaran McCarthy
Timothy Castagne, Mohammed Salisu, Leicester City v Southampton, May 2022

Arsenal have reportedly opened talks with Leicester City over Timothy Castagne, who is one of the top targets in the right-back position, and talks could apparently ‘develop quickly’.

A good season at the Emirates was tainted at the back end. Three draws and a loss in a four-game stretch at crunch time essentially handed Manchester City the title.

Those results were not helped by defensive woes. William Saliba was injured for the final 11 games of the season, and Ben White could have moved to the centre, had there been cover at right-back – but with Takehiro Tomiyasu injured, the Gunners were forced to go with fringe man Rob Holding.

Whether the potential changes would have made a difference, we will never know. However, Mikel Arteta will be keen to ensure he has enough depth to aptly deal with any injuries in the coming season, and defensive reinforcements are a must.

In May, it was reported Leicester right-back Castagne was on Arsenal’s radar. It seems that interest has moved past the initial stages.

Indeed, journalist Sacha Tavolieri has reported the Gunners are ‘going for’ the full-back, and have ‘started talks’ with Leicester over the potential transfer.

What’s more, the journalist suggests the move ‘could develop quickly’. There is no suggestion of a fee, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if things did move fast, with Castagne high on Arteta’s list of right-backs.

The Belgian has had one of his best seasons in a Leicester shirt this term. Indeed, having been hindered by injuries for his first two campaigns at the club, he played all but one Premier League game this season, scoring twice and assisting three times.

That he was one of the standout performers shows he should probably still be playing in the Premier League. While he’d likely not be a starter for Arsenal, he could certainly have an impact.

With the fact Castagne is now at a Championship club, the fee should not be a massive one. As such, Arteta might be able to sort out his fallback options in the defence in good time and with relative ease before the season starts.

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