Brighton interested in signing Arsenal teenage international

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 18: Karl Hein of Arsenal warms up prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between SL Benfica and Arsenal FC at Stadio Olimpico on February 18, 2021 in Rome, Italy. SL Benfica face Arsenal FC at a neutral venue in Rome behind closed doors after Portugal imposed a ban on travellers arriving from the UK in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19 variants. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Brighton and Hove Albion are interested in signing Arsenal youth goalkeeper Karl Hein, according to a report.

Karl Hein of Estonia during the International Friendly, Länderspiel, Nationalmannschaft match at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence. Date: 11th November 2020. Picture: Jonathan Moscrop / Sportimage
Karl Hein of Estonia during the International Friendly, Länderspiel, Nationalmannschaft match at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence. Date: 11th November 2020. Picture: Jonathan Moscrop / Sportimage

Amy Lawrence reports for The Athletic that Karl Hein could leave Arsenal this summer, as he’s the subject of interest from Brighton, who need a replacement for Mat Ryan.

Football.London previously reported that contract talks with Hein had stalled, though they said at the time that the Estonian goalkeeper was most likely to leave on a free transfer next summer.

Brighton’s interest could change that, particularly in a summer where Arsenal seem to be looking to cash in, trim the squad and raise funds for potential incomings.

Hein is away with Arsenal in Scotland at the moment, playing 45 minutes in their opening pre-season friendly against Hibernian FC on Tuesday. He’s likely to get further opportunities while the senior goalkeepers are away.

Though with Arthur Okonkwo signing a new deal and taking the third-choice spot in Arsenal’s senior squad, there was always a risk Hein would consider moving on.

After all, Hein is a full international with Estonia. Whilst that’s obviously not as impressive as making a senior international debut with the likes of Spain or France, it’s still giving him the taste for the first-team football he’s not getting with Arsenal.

If Arsenal can change Hein’s mind and convince him to extend, that would undoubtedly be a good thing. But a Brighton bid could give them a decision to make.