Arsenal could sign “monster” £34m White upgrade - opinion


The Gunners are believed to be seeking out a possible right-back upgrade in 2024.

Having splashed out over £200m on new recruits over the summer, Arsenal could well look to strengthen once again in 2024, amid their desire to keep pace with title rivals Manchester City at the summit.

One area that manager Mikel Arteta is believed to be keen to strengthen is at right-back, with recent reports indicating that Bayer Leverkusen star, Jeremie Frimpong is among those being targeted by the north London outfit.

Arsenal transfer news - Jeremie Frimpong

According to a report from transfer guru Fabrizio Romano earlier this week, the Gunners are believed to be keeping a close eye on the former Celtic man, ahead of a potential move next year - either in January or at the end of the season.

Speaking to CaughtOffside in his Daily Briefing column, Romano revealed: “Arsenal have been scouting Jeremie Frimpong, as reported yesterday, and a new right-back is one of the positions they are exploring, for sure.

“It’s not something imminent but they are keeping close eye on right-backs for 2024. We’ll have to see soon who the concrete names end up being, but my opinion remains that Joao Cancelo is one of the best in the business in that role and a bargain for Barcelona this season.”

As Romano has also revealed, the 22-year-old could be available for just £34m due to the presence of a release clause in his current contract, although that is likely to only come into play in the summer.

Over the last two years or so, Arteta's favoured option at right-back has been former Brighton and Hove Albion man, Ben White, with the versatile asset - who typically operated at centre-back earlier in his career - offering a solid defensive option in that role.

Hailed as an "underrated" member of the side by pundit Michael Owen last season, White has now racked up 104 appearances for the club in all competitions, albeit while scoring just three goals and contributing only five assists in that time.

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