Arsenal are interested in signing Charlton Athletic midfielder Joe Aribo on a free transfer this summer, with a belief that he could develop into an Aaron Ramsey replacement.
They’d have to pay a training compensation fee for Charlton, as the Addicks developed the Englishman as a youth player. Other than that, the Gunners could bring him in without having to pay a transfer fee, assuming he doesn’t sign an extension before then.
With the likes of Joe Gomez, Jonjo Shelvey, Ademola Lookman and Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson stepping up from Charlton to the Premier League, their academy has a great record for a League One club. However, they don’t want to lose Aribo, and contract talks are ongoing.
Aribo has made 28 appearances as a central midfielder this season, all in League One, and he’s scored six goals and assisted two in those matches. A midfielder chipping in with a goal or two would really help Arsenal at the moment, given only Lacazette and Aubameyang have scored more than six goals in all competitions.
It remains to be seen whether Aribo could make the step up and continue performing at the same level.