REPORT: Arsenal Could Make Late Transfer Move For Highly-Rated Defender

REPORT: Arsenal Could Make Late Transfer Move For Highly-Rated Defender

Arsenal are looking to complete a last-minute transfer deal for Benfica full-back Alexander Bah, according to a recent report from the London Evening Standard.

To bring him on board, Arsenal could pay as little as £26 million for Bah – however, it is likely that they will need to make an offer closer to £30 million in order to satisfy all parties involved and complete a deal.

Arsenal currently have just two senior team right-backs in their squad – Takehiro Tomiyasu and Ben White One of them – White – is a natural centre-back, with Arteta appearing keen to shift him back to that role after a successful stint as a right-back last season.

Newly-signed Jurrien Timber can also deputise as a right-back – but, he is currently unavailable, on account of his long-term injury that will see him kept out of action for several months.

As such, it makes perfect sense for the Gunners to get their hands on a new right-back before the summer transfer window slams shut on September 1.

Who else, besides Arsenal, are interested in a transfer for Alexander Bah?

Being such a talented player, available for such a bargain of a price, it is no surprise that Arsenal are not the only club who are interested in a potential transfer for Bah.

According to Danish sports media outlet Tips Bladet, both West Ham United and Nottingham Forest have a mutual interest in the 25-year-old’s services.

Arsenal will stand as the favourites to sign him, as they will be able to offer him Champions League football in the 2023/24 season – but the Hammers and Forest both have significant financial resources at their disposal and will not give him up without a stouthearted fight.

What will Bah bring to the team?

Should Bah be brought to the Emirates Stadium this summer, he will probably be used as a backup to Tomiyasu. Primarily an attacking full-back, he can also play at right midfield and on the right wing.

Last season, he made 28 appearances in the Liga Portugal for Benfica – across this span of games, he notched up a total of five assists and scored a single goal.

Jimmy Johnson

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