As Leicester City grapple with the aftermath of their Premier League relegation, rumours abound regarding the fate of their players.
In the midst of the upheaval, Arsenal have emerged as a potential new home for Belgian right-back Timothy Castagne, despite expressing a preference for Tottenham Hotspur previously.
- Arsenal are reportedly showing interest in Leicester City’s defender, Timothy Castagne, for this summer’s transfer window.
- Castagne, who previously expressed a preference for Tottenham over Arsenal, might be moving due to Leicester’s relegation.
- With Takehiro Tomiyasu out due to a knee injury, Arsenal could be looking to strengthen their defence with Castagne’s acquisition.
Leicester’s shaky ground
Leicester City’s Premier League relegation has prompted speculation around the potential exodus of their top players.
We already know Youri Tielemans will be also leave for free with his contract expiring at the end of June.
Arsenal’s active summer
Arsenal are expected to be quite proactive in this window.
Their priority appears to be bolstering their midfield but with several names linked to the club for other positions as well.
Joao Cancelo, Ivan Fresneda and Sacha Boey are among those rumoured to be on Mikel Arteta’s list, with Castagne the latest addition after reports emerged a month ago that the club had been scouting him.
The Belgian international, who joined Leicester from Atalanta for £21.5 million back in 2020, is valued at around €28m.
Replacing injured with the agile
As such, Arteta is possibly looking to bring in a player like Castagne.
Past loyalties and future prospects
However, Castagne has in the past publicly stated his preference for Tottenham over Arsenal. But as the current situation unfolds, he might just end up playing for the team he once snubbed.
Speaking to La Derniere Heure in June 2020, he said: “I was especially a fan when Thierry Henry played for (Arsenal). Now I’m not so much. You have to be honest with yourself. When a team like PSG or Tottenham come knocking on your door, you can’t say ‘no’.”
In short, he doesn’t seem very bright.
With 42 appearances this season, scoring two goals and providing four assists, Castagne is a seasoned player. Playing for Belgium regularly since 2018, he played every minute of their recent World Cup campaign.
Castagne is under contract until 2025 and it is not clear at this point if he has a clause in his contract regarding relegation.