Arsenal are believed to be keeping tabs on Southampton defender Kyle Walker-Peters, ahead of a potential move for the Englishman this summer.
What’s the word?
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the Gunners – as well as Premier League rivals Manchester United – have the 25-year-old on their ‘list of possible targets’ in the current window, should they look to strengthen at right-back.
Should Arsenal sign Walker-Peters?
The former Tottenham Hotspur man – who moved to St Mary’s on an initial loan deal in January 2020 – still has three years remaining on his current deal with the Saints, although there is said to have been ‘no progress’ regarding a possible extension.
The report does also suggest, however, that Spurs could have the advantage if they opt to turn to their former asset, having included a £30m buy-back clause as part of the two-cap international’s departure from north London.
That clamour for Walker-Peters’ signature has no doubt been justified following his impressive form under Ralph Hasenhuttl in recent seasons, notably chipping in with one goal and two assists in 32 league outings in the 2021/22 campaign, proving himself adept on either side of the defence.
That haul of goal contributions may not be overly impressive, although when delving deeper it is clear that the £19.8m-rated machine poses a real threat in the attacking third, notably ranking in the top 4% for progressive carries, the top 6% for dribbles completed and the top 7% for touches in the attacking penalty among those in his position across Europe’s top five leagues.
That willingness to get forward would no doubt suit the attacking, forward-thinking approach under Mikel Arteta at the Emirates, while his flexibility to feature on either flank could also prove vital amid injury concerns regarding first-choice left-back, Kieran Tierney.