Arsenal plan to join the race for Brighton and Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk this summer, according to reports.

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BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 13: Lewis Dunk of Brighton & Hove Albion in action during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and AFC Bournemouth at American Express Community Stadium on April 13, 2019, in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

TeamTalk report that Arsenal are set for talks for the Brighton defender, after the Premier League club signed Portsmouth’s Matt Clarke as a replacement. Brighton have set an asking price of £30m, and Leicester City are also interested.

Dunk has a contract with Brighton until 2023, and he made 38 appearances for the club this season, most of which were as captain.

The 6’3″ 27-year-old has a couple of years of Premier League experience now, as well as making his England debut during the 2018/19 season. He’s excellent at making blocks and winning aerial duels, not shying away from the physical side of the game at all.

There’s always a premium on English players playing in the Premier League, so it would be no surprise if Brighton were looking for £30m.

Arsenal could use an extra homegrown player or two, particularly at centre-back. Whether they can afford to spend that much this summer remains to be seen.