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Arsenal initiate talks to sign outstanding Bundesliga defensive star but facing fee in excess of €50m

Jeremie Frimpong and Raphael Guerreiro, Leverkusen vs Dortmund

Arsenal have reportedly opened talks to sign an impressive Bundesliga right-back who could end up costing them more than €50million.

It’s been no secret that Mikel Arteta has been on the hunt for another full-back this summer, with Ben White often used on the right last season due to injury issues for first-choice starter Takehiro Tomiyasu.

The Gunners look set for an incredible summer window, having already signed Kai Havertz while deals for Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber are close to be finalising.

However, it appears that a new right-back could also be on the way to north London before the window shuts.

Indeed, journalist Stefan Bienkowski claims that Arsenal have now opened talks with Leverkusen to sign Jeremie Frimpong.

Discussions are said to be at an early stage for the 22-year-old, although the Gunners are likely to have to pay in excess €50m to land the player.

Frimpong is renowned for his attacking play and is capable of playing in a back four or as a wing-back in a three.

Frimpong brings goals and assists

Indeed, he scored nine goals and added 11 assists across all competitions for Leverkusen last season and would be a more forward-thinking upgrade over White and Tomiyasu.

It’s not the first time the Dutchman has been linked with a switch to the Premier League, with Manchester United wanting the player previously, although this time there appears to be a stronger chance of it actually happening.

Arteta is looking to build a stronger squad this summer after Arsenal went so close in pushing Manchester City for the Premier League title last season.

Bringing in Havertz, Rice, Timber and Frimpong would certainly fulfill that ambition, while the latter’s versatility will also allow the Gunners chief to alter his defensive formation to suit different opponents.

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