In Focus: Lafont could be a long-term number one at Arsenal

As reported by French outlet Le 10 Sport, Arsenal are in the hunt for Toulouse’s wonderkid goalkeeper Alban Lafont this summer.

What’s the story?

With Petr Cech entering the twilight stage of his career, Arsenal need to start thinking about transitioning to a new number one over the next season or two. The Czech Republic legend is now 35 and isn’t the force between the sticks he once was.

That’s perhaps why then Arsene Wenger has cast his eye to his homeland for an answer to the solution. Le 10 Sport say Alban Lafont is a target for the Arsenal boss as the long-term replacement for Cech.

With David Ospina also set to leave the club, the outlet say Lafont would come in as a number 2.

Who is he?

Despite being just 18 years of age, Lafont already has an impressive number of appearances under his belt for the Ligue 1 side over the last two seasons. He has played in 62 matches in total.

He made his debut at the age of 16, becoming the youngest ever goalkeeper in the history of the French top-flight. With caps in four different underage groups for the French national team too, it’s clear he has a bright future in the game.

Transfermarkt reckon he’s worth £6.8m, meaning that if Arsenal do move for him, he may not cost the world.

While he might not be quite ready for regular English Premier League football, he appears to be a wise investment, especially if they can groom him to be Cech’s long-term successor.