Chelsea have Tariq Lamptey clause that poses threat to Arsenal transfer negotiations
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Chelsea have been left to rue their decision not to include a buy-back clause when selling Tariq Lamptey to Brighton in January 2020 but Marina Granovskaia was on hand to negotiate a separate term in the deal. The right-back joined the Seagulls for just £3million on deadline day just over a year ago and it wasn’t long before the Blues were left wondering if they’d made the right decision following Project Restart.
Lamptey became a regular and soon flourished in Graham Potter’s system, playing as both a full-back and wing-back.
Following a full pre-season with the Seagulls, Lamptey soon made the position his own and was tipped for an England call-up.
Strong competition for the Three Lions has denied him the opportunity, however, Lamptey’s stock has now exploded with a host of clubs now queuing up for his signature.
Everton are believed to be interested as they look for a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman but it’s Arsenal who seem the most serious about landing Lamptey.
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According to Fabrizio Romano, The Gunners are also weighing up an offer this summer as they prepare to let Hector Bellerin leave at the end of the season.
It’s understood that following talks with manager Mikel Arteta, now may be the right time for the academy graduate to move on after ten years at the club.
Should Arsenal decide to make their move for Lamptey, Chelsea are likely to complicate negotiations.
That’s because the Blues have an undisclosed sell-on clause meaning they will earn an unknown percentage of any future transfer fee Brighton receive for Lamptey.
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It means the Seagulls are expected to hold out for the highest fee possible when negotiating with other clubs.
Lamptey put pen to paper on a new bumper Brighton contract at the beginning of the year, that saw him double his initial wages.
However, there is no release clause written into his deal which expires in 2023.
Bayern Munich were also interested in Lamptey but the European champions are now set to land Reading star Omar Richards on a pre-contract agreement.
Arsenal boss Arteta is keen to make several high-profile changes to his squad this summer, as he continues to put his own stamp on the squad.
Funds are likely to remain limited unless Arsenal win the Europa League, which is partly why Arteta is ready to cash in on Bellerin.
Selling could hold the key when it comes to spending money and technical director Edu did a fine job clearing the decks in January when Mesut Ozil, Sead Kolasinac, William Saliba, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matt Macey all departed on permanent or temporary deals respectively.
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