Arsenal Football Club has reportedly set its sights on Timothy Castagne, the versatile defender from Leicester City, as the latter club faces the threat of relegation.
This comes from a report by The Mirror, which suggests that Arsenal is eager to sign Castagne. Arsenal scouts have allegedly been monitoring the Belgian player in preparation for a possible summer transfer.
Castagne’s versatility, having shown his capability to play effectively on both the left and right side of the defence during his tenure at Leicester, is believed to be a key attraction for Arsenal. The Gunners are looking for competitive options in wider positions, and Castagne’s adaptability might be the answer.
The persistent injury issues faced by Takehiro Tomiyasu could push Arsenal to seek another right back to rival Ben White.
There are also rumours linking left-back Kieran Tierney with a move away from Arsenal, with Newcastle United reportedly interested. Castagne, capable of covering both roles, could be an efficient signing for Arsenal, filling two needs with one acquisition.
Interestingly, this is not the first time that Castagne has been linked with a move to Arsenal. He joined Leicester from Atalanta in 2020, but was quickly tipped for a potential switch to Arsenal. Dimitri de Conde, Genk’s technical director, lauded Castagne soon after his move to Leicester, predicting that he would become ‘one of the best’ full backs in England and may eventually move to Arsenal or Manchester United.
While this prediction hasn’t entirely materialised, Castagne has indeed shown moments of exceptional quality. Leicester’s manager Brendan Rodgers has previously described him as a ‘non-stop’ player, praising his speed and brilliance on the field. Furthermore, in 2020, Castagne’s agent claimed that Arsenal had been ‘seriously interested’ in the player before he signed with Leicester.
It seems that Arsenal, under the leadership of Edu and Mikel Arteta, has maintained this interest and may finally bring Castagne to North London in the near future.