Arsenal move for Lukas Klostermann would surely seal Hector Bellerin’s fate

According to reports by German media outlet Bild, Arsenal are considering making a summer swoop for RB Leipzig right-back Lukas Klostermann, rated at £10.8m by Transfermarkt.

What’s the word, then?

Lukas Klostermann in action with Jordan Amavi

Well, Bild report that the Gunners, whose fans would prefer to sign an exciting 21-year-old defensive midfielder over Steven Nzonzi, have joined AS Roma in the race to sign the Germany U21 international, following another impressive campaign for the Bundesliga club.

The 22-year-old has established himself as Leipzig’s first-choice right-back, while he has also played in a more attacking right-sided role and even at left-back for the German outfit.

Meanwhile, Unai Emery is clearly keen to strengthen his defence ahead of next season following a disastrous 2017/18 campaign, and having already added Switzerland right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner to his squad on a free, it appears he is far from done when it comes to reinforcements in his newly-inherited backline.

How did Klostermann do last season?

He impressed as Leipzig finished sixth, as well as enjoying their first-ever Champions League campaign despite the fact they exited at the group stage of the competition.

The German defender made 39 appearances in total throughout the 2017/18 campaign, scoring one goal, and he showed the quality that he has defensively throughout.

According to WhoScored.com, he won 71 of the 90 tackles he attempted in 37 outings in the Bundesliga and in Europe, while he has also made 46 interceptions and 88 clearances.

His 6ft 2in frame means he is less effective from an attacking point of view, which is certainly something to consider for Emery depending on the style of football he wants to play next term.

Would he be a good signing for Arsenal?

It’s difficult to say.

While his ability to be able to play anywhere across the backline could be useful, it is hard to see how he would be a first-team regular for the Gunners right now.

The fact that he isn’t a particularly attacking full-back may well be an issue if the north London outfit want to play attacking football under Emery next season, although his defensive nous may help them tighten up at the back.

Considering they have already signed Lichtsteiner, the further arrival of Klostermann at right-back would surely mean that Hector Bellerin’s Emirates Stadium exit would be confirmed before the window closes on August 9.